How to become a leather craftworker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You could do a craft design course to learn some of the skills you'll need in this career. Examples include:
- fashion design
- fashion and textiles
Check with providers to make sure they offer training in leather as part of their courses. Some providers may also do short courses in leathercrafts.
You could specialise by doing a course in saddlery, if you want to work with suppliers to the horse riding industry.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can do an apprenticeship to get into this job, such as:
- Leather Craftsperson Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Bespoke Saddler Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
These can take around 2 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply directly to be taken on as a trainee leather craftworker. Employers may be more interested in your practical ability than formal qualifications, although it'll help if you have GCSEs in subjects like English, art and design, maths, and design and technology.
If you want to work in saddlery and harness making, you can do specialist training through The Society of Master Saddlers.