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Leather craftworker

Leather craftworkers make clothes, shoes and accessories from leather, using traditional methods.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £22,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but a college course could help you get into this career: Relevant subjects include:

  • leathercraft
  • creative crafts
  • fashion design
  • bag making
  • bookbinding

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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 progression

With 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: 09 October 2018