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The apprentice will be working within a factory in Yeovil, learning how to manufacture premium quality leather.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm Friday 8am to 4pm 1/2 hour unpaid lunch each day

    Total hours per week: 39.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will learn to operate a variety of machines used in the manufacturing of finished leather.

You will undertake these main duties (individually or as part of a team):

  • Machinery setup and adjustment before production begins
  • Carry out mechanical processes
  • Carry out quality checks and measurements.

Typical day-to-day duties could include:

  • The production of leather (processing and finishing);
  • Quality check materials and components for faults;
  • Leather cutting operations;
  • Skive materials (shaving/reducing weight) ready for next stage of production;
  • Prepare materials ready for next stage of production;
  • Sew leather components and where applicable assembles the components to produce the finished product;
  • Examine finished leather / leather product for quality;
  • Repair and/or rework leather/leather goods;
  • Package product and label for onward journey.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Skills an apprentice will learn:

  • Comply with personal responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other safety legislation.
  • Use equipment in accordance with safe operating procedures and manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Dispose safely of waste and surplus materials.
  • Identify the correct tools and equipment and use appropriately such as Moisture content testing meter, Thickness measurement gauge, Trimming knives & shears, Edge tools, Pricking iron, Skiving machine and Bench splitter.
  • Carry out running maintenance within agreed schedules to ensure the efficiency of machinery, tools and equipment (i.e. settings and preparation of tools) to meet production expectations.
  • Read and interpret data from specifications and appropriate work instructions.
  • Follow instructions in order to meet customer and company requirements.
  • Implement efficient and effective use of materials by closely following instructions and minimizing waste.
  • Undertake processes to maintain consistent speed and quality requirements as outlined by the company.
  • Communicate effectively with internal/external customers, colleagues and managers and work as part of a team.
  • Effectively self-manage their time and work load to meet deadlines.

Training covered:

Leather Craftsperson Standard Level 2

Functional Skills at level 2 in Maths and English (exemptions apply) - online delivery of Functional Skills if the required GCSE grade has not been achieved.

The Standard's Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours will be delivered within the workplace with an Assessor visiting and liaising with the apprentice on a regular basis.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Long term employment for the right candidate.

Opportunities for progression within the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential

Things to consider

Applicants need to be dexterous and well-applied individuals and be able to demonstrate the necessary attributes to work in a manufacturing environment.

About the employer

As an Apprentice, South West Apprenticeship Company Limited, the Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) will employ the successful candidate on behalf of this employer.  99% of our apprentices gain full-time employment with their host organisation after completing their apprenticeship or they have progressed onto higher qualifications. The experience and knowledge you gain, plus the relationships you develop, make it easier to progress quickly.




Sherborne Road


BA21 5BA

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Leather craftsperson

Level 2 (GCSE)

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