Leather craftworkers make clothes, shoes and accessories from leather, using traditional methods.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but a college course could help you get into this career: Relevant subjects include:
- creative crafts
- fashion design
- bag making
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- creative design skills
- number skills and accuracy for measuring and cutting sections
- computer aided design (CAD) skills
- practical skills to use hand tools and machinery
3. What you'll do
You'll work with different types of leather, including cowhides and suede. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- using a pattern to measure and cut pieces of leather
- designing clothing or accessories
- preparing the leather using chemicals
- stitching pieces of leather by hand or machine
- adding handles and buckles
- waxing and polishing
You could also repair items like book covers or saddles for horses.
Starter: £14,000 to £16,000
Experienced: £17,000 to £22,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week,. You'll usually work in a workshop, but you may work from home.
You'll spend most of your time at a workbench. You'll wear protective clothing, as you'll use polishes and other chemicals.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a supervisor or specialise in an area like pattern design, sales or marketing.
You could set up your own business or you could move into the leather manufacturing and finishing industry.
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Last updated: 07 December 2016
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