Footwear & Leather Working Trades
Workers in this unit group make and repair shoes, cut out, make up, sew, decorate and finish leather and leather substitute goods other than garments.
- Uses hand tools or machine to cut out, trim, punch holes in or stitch guide lines on leather or leather substitute component parts
- Positions leather and rubber footwear component parts on lasts and shapes and joins uppers to insoles and soles
- Uses hand tools or machine to make up and repair saddles, harnesses, belts, straps and other leather products
- Uses hand and machine tools to sew and stitch leather and/or other material in the making and decoration of footwear and leather goods other than garments
- Prepares paper or paperboard master patterns of component parts of footwear
- Waxes, cleans and finishes footwear and other leather goods.
There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is mainly on?the-job. NVQs/SVQs are available in some areas.
What could I earn?
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £23,000 per annum and can progress up to £26,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 1,180 employed Footwear & Leather Working Trades in the region.