Footwear Apprentice


Northampton, NN5 5JB

Closes in 24 days (Monday 12 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 19 March 2024


Hands on training & skill development in specific factory departments. Broader training given on all aspects of the shoemaking process. Off site visits to key industry suppliers and locations. A final major project showcasing your knowledge in a final project of making a pair of shoes to your specifications.

Annual wage

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Footwear manufacturer (level 2)
7.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, 7.30am - 12.30pm on Fridays.

39 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 19 August


1 Year

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 2 Footwear Manufacturing 
  • Functional Skills (if required)
  • Northampton College - Booth Lane - 1 day a week 

Where you’ll work

St James




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Footwear manufacturer (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Safely selecting, using, maintaining and storing equipment, materials and associated components (parts of the footwear product).
  • Minimising hazards and risks in the workplace through safe working practices.
  • Follow and maintain work procedures to ensure safety requirements are met.
  • Cutting materials, primarily leather, around patterns supplied by the employer. This process can be by hand or machine / laser (clicking).
  • Skiving (thinning the material to allow a flat seam), then closing (hand stitching or machining of uppers, which is the top part of the footwear).
  • Formation of the footwear (lasting) by stretching the upper over the last, which is a plastic or wooden foot mould.
  • Attaching the sole, which might be cemented (glued), or stitched to the upper.
  • Attaching the heel and welt (the strip between sole and upper) where used.
  • Finish the shoe, e.g. polishing techniques, insertion of insole, lacing and final touches.
  • Inspect for quality to company specification.
  • Pack to company specification.
  • Perform routine maintenance to ensure the efficiency of machinery, tools and equipment (i.e. settings and preparation of tools) to meet production expectations.
  • Identify the correct materials and components and use appropriately.
  • Prepare and quality check (for faults) materials and components.
  • Report faults in materials and components to the supervisor or manager.
  • 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 minimising waste.
  • Undertake processes to consistent speed and quality requirements as outlined by the company.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 3/D)
    • Maths (grade 3/D)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Attention to detail
    • Good practical skills
    • Good hand eye co-ordination
    • Spatial awareness
    • Teamwork
    • Creative flair

    About this company

    Church & Co Ltd is a world-renowned manufacturer of high-quality luxury footwear and part of the Prada Group. We have great pride in our Northampton heritage and our team of artisans who craft Church’s products. It’s an exciting time at Church’s with a unique mix of classic and contemporary styles in our range. Fast moving and varied, we are a business focused on success.

    After this apprenticeship

    Potential for a full-time position once the apprenticeship is complete and progression within the company.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Business Centre


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000238725.

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    Closes in 24 days (Monday 12 August at 11:59pm)

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