Footwear Production Apprenticeship Dr Martens

Love footwear? Passionate about making things? Join Dr. Martens' 15-month Apprenticeship! Learn footwear production from start to finish, including the unique Dr Martens manufacturing process. Gain comprehensive on-the-job and college training, a qualification and daily activities including clicking, closing, lasting, and shoe room tasks.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2025

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Bonus potential, welcome to the family free pair of docs, 65% discount, 2 x volunteer/charity days, 5% matched pension, 4 x salary life assurance (pension scheme members), private medical cover

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 7.00am - 4.00pm. Friday: 7.00am - 12.00pm (breaks to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2025

  • Date posted

    07 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Footwear manufacturing is a highly skilled and respected trade. As an apprentice, you will be working alongside the production team at our Made in England Factory, Wollaston, Northamptonshire, where our iconic 1460 boot was born. You will learn the footwear production process from start to finish, daily activities will include:

  • Clicking: operating cutting presses to specified quality standards, minimising wastage of skins and using innovative leather scanning and digital cutting technology
  • Closing: creating Dr. Martens uppers using a variety of sewing machines and other specialist machinery
  • Lasting: shaping the shoe around a last and attaching the sole to our famous yellow stitched welt
  • Shoe room: adding the final touches - lacing, cleaning, and boxing ready for dispatch

The training you will be getting

The Apprenticeship runs for 15 months in our Made in England factory. You will learn everything to do with Dr. Martens footwear manufacturing as well as aspects such as the tanning process, sizing, other footwear constructions and health and safety.

We are closely connected with Northampton College, where you will study and learn throughout the year, as well as with other companies in the footwear industry around Northamptonshire.

Your study programme will require you to attend Northampton College two days per month.

Following successful completion of your Apprenticeship, you’ll receive a government accredited qualification in Footwear Manufacturing - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Footwear.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

For graduate apprentices, there's the potential for a permanent position in the factory, where you will develop and hone your craft while continuing to learn new skills alongside former apprentices.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Eye for detail, Good communicator, Problem solving


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Our apprentices are brand ambassadors, involved in the running of the Dr Martens Apprenticeship Instagram account: drmartens_apprenticeship.

About the employer

Dr. Martens have always stood with those who dare to be different. We have the respect of big-name fashion giants – think Rick Owens and Comme des Garcons – enabling us to engage in exciting partnerships season after season. We want to mean something to everyone who laces up our boots: from the first timers to the Docs veterans. We need ambitious, passionate people – with rebel fire in their hearts.


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Training provider


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

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

Employer's Application Instructions

First register your interest. We'll then let you know when applications go live on 1 April 2025. There's a short application form and we'll need your CV. If you are successful, you'll be sent an assessment date. The assessment will last about 90 mins and will include four factory related tasks and a short interview. It's all very informal, as much for you as for us. You may be asked back for a longer second interview. We make our final selection and send out offers, to start in September 2025.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Apr 2025