Apprentice Leather Goods Preparer & Pattern Maker Whitehouse Cox & Co Ltd

Apprentices required to learn how to cut leather components by machine, prepare and assemble cut edge leather goods and prepare and set machines.

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    39 hours Mon-Thurs 8.00-4.15 Fri 8.00-3.15

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    14 Jul 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

This in-depth job role involves:

Cutting components by machine
  • Selecting leather & material to ensure suitability for intended purpose and specification
  • Identify quality standards of leather and other materials
  • Safe handling of leather & materials to avoid damage
  • Segregation of sub-standard leather & materials
  • Cutting knives selected for job / components to be cut
  • Safe handling of cutting knives and inspection
  • Press set up for operation
  • Cutting board use and maintenance
  • Cutting strategy for maximum yield
Prepare and assemble cut edge leather goods
  • Evaluate and sort out cut components for job batch
  • Discrepancies in quality or quantity reporting
  • Safe handling of leather & materials to avoid damage
  • Application of paint & stains to specification or sample
  • Safe working methods for paints or stains
  • Operation, set up, changeover and cleaning of paint machines
  • Produce decorative lines and markings with appropriate tooling as per specification
  • Application of adhesives (PVA, LATEX & CONTACT ADHESIVES) in accordance with manufacturers' instructions
  • Safe working methods for adhesives
  • Turning edges of components
  • Corners finished to specification
  • Component build up in stages
Prepare and set machines
  • Selecting tools and securing to machines
  • Setting of machines for operation
  • Selection of fittings to specification
  • Work piece positioning in machine
  • Machine operation & quality procedure
Sew leather goods by machine
  • Set up machines and materials for sewing operations
  • Machine, equipment and materials are to specification type, quantity and quality
  • Set up an safe working of machinery
  • Sew leather goods first way to last way
  • Application of techniques and methods to produce leather goods and sub-assemblies to specification
  • Documentation of work carried out
  • Diagnose and rectify product / operation faults
  • Safe handling of leather & materials to avoid damage
  • Carry out routine cleaning and maintenance of machinery

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

No previous experience required being manually dextrous would be helpful. Good written and verbal communications essential.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Willing to learn
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Reliable
  • Punctual

Qualifications required

Minimum Grade D in English, Maths and ICT or the Equivalent Functional Skills Level 2.

Future prospects

Upon completion apprentices can become full time leather goods preparer. Apprentices could become specialised in one or two production processes, leading to responsibility for section operations and machinery. Additional training, if suitable to become a "Pattern Maker" to produce patterns for new designs. The "Pattern Maker" role could become a full-time role with responsibility for all company designs and patterns.

Things to consider

An assessor from In-Comm Training Business Services will visit the successful candidate once a month for a period of 12 months in order to deliver the qualification. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour (From October 1st 2016 this will be increasing by 3% to £3.40 per hour). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Whitehouse Cox have been established since 1875 and are the leading manufacturers today of high quality handmade leather accessories. Using only the finest locally sourced vegaetable-tanned leathers, Whitehouse Cox's team of finely -skilled artisans handcraft a range of wallets, bags and accessories at their factory in Aldridge , Walsall.

Combining traditional skills with contemporary design.

They only use the highest quality components and the best selected leathers.

All their leathers are hand finished with applications of oils and waxes which brings out the

Naturally beautiful character of the leathers.


Whitehouse Cox & Co Ltd



Anchor Brook Industrial Park




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Training provider

  • NVQ Level 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Award in Industrial and Environmental Awareness
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills Workbook
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

Apprenticeship framework

Improving Operational Performance

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by In-Comm Training Services Ltd


Alex Jones or Sue Fisher 01922 457686

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2017