Footwear Apprentice CHURCH & CO. (FOOTWEAR) LIMITED

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.

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Closing date: 13 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

  • Working week

    7.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, 7.30am - 12.30pm on Fridays.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 May 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

This prestigious Northampton company are looking to recruit up to 8 apprentices to start in April 2024.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a skilled operative, working for a successful manufacturer of luxury footwear, which are sold all over the world.

The apprenticeships will include a structured training programme covering all the departments within the organisation. You will receive full training to use the machinery and learn how to make quality shoes from start to finish. During the year you will undertake a final major project to design and manufacture your own shoes.

Duties include:

  • 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

During your training, you will also learn specialist skills in a specific production department. Suitable applicants will demonstrate the commitment and desire to become a skilled craftsperson. 

The training you will be getting

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

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

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

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

About the employer

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.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


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Apprenticeship standard

Footwear manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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