THE SADDLERY TRAINING CENTRE Ltd

A GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT FUNDED APPRENTICESHIP SCHEMES

LEVEL 2 LEATHER CRAFTSPERSON

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LEVEL 3 BESPOKE SADDLER

These two apprenticeships have been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and full details of the standard can be found on their website. www.instituteforapprenticeships.org

Level 2 Leather CraftspersonOccupational Profile 

Set within an industry steeped in tradition, the leather trade supports the pursuit of excellence in its traditional craft skills whilst also embracing innovation and technology. British leather and leather products have an international and iconic reputation and the continued success of the sector will depend on maintaining a skilled, well-trained workforce.

‘Leather craftsperson’ is a broad description of someone who either produces the leather or manufactures leather goods for a number of markets from sporting pursuits, such as equestrian and saddlery, golf and cricket applications, to high-end retail luxury goods, such as handbags luggage and lifestyle accessories.

An employee in this occupation may work in a small enterprise producing or manufacturing specialist leather / leathergoods or in a wider factory setting as part of a production or manufacturing team producing to larger orders. They will be able to work just as effectively on their own or as part of a wider team. In both instances they will understand the impact of their role on those working around them.

The Standard is designed to give an overarching range of skills, knowledge and behaviours appropriate to both the production of leather and the manufacture of leather goods. The former involving taking raw skin and hides and converting them through chemical and mechanical processing, to produce leather ready for a variety of applications. The latter involving taking leather and forming a finished product from it, often involving processes such as stitching and cutting.

Duration: The Apprenticeship would typically take 15 months.

English and Maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Level 3 Bespoke Saddler – Occupational Profile 

Set within an industry steeped in tradition, the Saddlery trade supports the pursuit of excellence in its traditional craft skills whilst also embracing innovation and technology. The Bespoke Saddler is a fundamental occupational role in the saddlery trade and is an integral part of an industry that contributes over £8bn to the British economy. Bespoke Saddler is a broad description of someone who produces Saddles or Bridles and provides a comprehensive repair service to saddles and other equestrian equipment. All will be capable of producing a standard or bespoke product that is cut and made to a unique pattern or measurement for a horse.

Many of the skills are carried out by hand in order to produce an item that fits precisely to a customer’s requirements. Hand crafted products form the heart of the British Saddlery industry and have an international and iconic reputation.

Bespoke Saddlers have practical skills in the manufacture of equestrian products including measurement and pattern construction. The skills involved in Bespoke Saddlery cover a wide area of expertise that includes craft, technical, creative and design. These skills are fundamental to the Bespoke Saddlery industry and ultimately have to be employed with great precision, to high standards of excellence and within realistic time constraints.

Upon completion of this standard the apprentice will be competent in both Saddle and Bridle making.

Duration: The Apprenticeship would typically take 24 months.

English and Maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship

 

The Saddlery Training Centre is sub-contracted to deliver these two apprenticeships by Haddon Training Ltd we have been working with Haddon since 2003 and have enjoyed much success during that time.

Haddon Training and The Saddlery Training Centre were awarded an OFSTED Grade 1 during their last inspection. Haddon are an independent Training Provider, based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Est. in 1997, they have been delivering work-based training for over 20 years and have built an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality training programmes in both England and Wales. They employ a team of highly qualified, experienced and skilled vocational Training Consultants. They sub contract the delivery of saddlery apprenticeships to The Saddlery Training Centre, together we are industry experts, with strong and credible backgrounds. Having worked in the saddlery and equine sectors, we are able to guide, train, coach and teach young people and adults; imparting the latest industry skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Haddon Training is a nationally recognised award-winning business that works with over 1200 UK employers.

Employers recognise the need to develop their staff’s wider skills and over 130,000 businesses across the UK offer Apprenticeship places because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a competent workforce.

Who can apply?

The Saddlery Apprenticeship Schemes are available to Learners employed full time (no less than 30 hours a week) in a saddlery business. Applicants for this training will normally have been employed for sufficient time that allows both Employer and Learner to establish they have sufficient aptitude and commitment.

Model of delivery

Apprentices will attend our centre from all parts of England, because of this we have found the best method of delivery is that the apprentice attends our centre for a week of training every two months. This off the job training is delivered from The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury. The training is delivered in small groups with normally a maximum of six apprentices. Apprentices will be required to undertake some course work at their place of work in between the training weeks in Salisbury.

We estimate that for the Leather 2 Leather Craftsperson, apprentices will attend our centre for normally no more than 6 training weeks. The Level 3 Bespoke Saddler will normally be no more than 12 weeks. For both apprenticeships the number of training weeks may be reduced if the apprentice has met all of the requirements and is ready to enter the gateway prior to this.

Eligibility

All employers will need to show that they have -

Costs

For the Level 2 Leather Craftsperson, if the Learner is 16-18 then the course is fully funded and if over 19 then the costs are a total of £250, which is 5% of the Government contribution of £5000. If the employer has over 50 staff then they pay the 5% contribution for any staff that are 16-18, but will still receive a £1,000 incentive for employing a 16-18-year-old.

For the Level 3 Bespoke Saddler, if they are 16-18 then the course is fully funded and if over 19 then the costs are £450, which is 5% of the Government contribution of £9000. If the employer has over 50 staff then they pay 5% contribution for any staff that are 16-18, but will still receive a £1,000 incentive for employing a 16-18-year-old.

Employers can pay upfront or by quarterly payments over the first year, which incur a £5 admin fee (for 3 payments) after the first payment.

Employers will be responsible for accommodation costs and also any materials supplied by The Saddlery Training Centre. (Apprentices may be asked to pay or contribute to the material cost but only if they intend to keep the items they have made).

The Saddlers’ Company currently subsidise apprentice accommodation costs, confirmation and details of this will be supplied on application. See summary of costs below.

 

WHAT IS A MODERN APPRENTICESHIP IN SADDLERY?

What is included in an apprenticeship in saddlery?

Apprentices enrolled on the Level 2 Leather Craftsperson will normally train for between 12 – 15 months before entering the gateway process. During this time, they will follow an agreed action plan of training with specific gateway milestones. It is very likely that they will gain a City & Guilds Level 2 Bridle or Saddle making qualification during this time. They will also develop a portfolio of evidence showing knowledge and experience of everything listed in the standard/assessment plan.

Apprentices enrolled on the Level 3 Bespoke Saddler will normally train for between 20 – 24 months before entering the gateway process. During this time, they will follow an agreed action plan of training with specific gateway milestones. They will be required to gain the City & Guilds Level 3 Bridle and Saddle making qualifications during this time. They will also develop a portfolio of evidence showing knowledge and experience of everything listed in the standard/assessment plan.

The Standard and Assessment Plan for both apprenticeships can be viewed on the Institute of Apprenticeships web site.

All Government apprenticeships require that 20% off the job learning hours will take place, training weeks at The Saddlery Training Centre will count towards this. Employers will also need to ensure that apprentices are allowed time to complete their learning whilst signed onto the apprenticeship.

Gateway to the end-point assessment

Towards the end of the Apprenticeship, employers and training providers will ‘sign off’ the apprentice as ready for the end-point assessment – this sign-off is called the ‘gateway’. Signing-off an Apprentice indicates the employer and training provider believe the learner’s knowledge, skills and behaviours are at the level required to attain an Apprenticeship. Apprentices will then sit an end point assessment consisting of a written paper, practical assessment and presentation and discussion of their portfolio. The assessment organisation and the assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer. As part of the end-point assessment, the Apprentice is graded. Grading for both apprenticeships includes, fail, pass and pass with distinction. Details of grading can be seen in the assessment plan.

Certification Apprentices will be awarded certification by the Federation for Industry Skills & Standards (FISSS), as with the current SASE Framework apprenticeships. The end point assessment organisation will be responsible for making the application to the FISSS for the Apprenticeship certification.

  • Attend training courses as agreed as part of their training programme
  • Complete Action Plans that they have been given by their Assessor on time
  • Collect evidence to include in their portfolio
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    WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?

    The End Point Assessment Organisation for the Level 2 Leather Craftsperson and Level 3 Bespoke Saddler this will most likely be The Society of Master Saddlers, they will appoint the assessors and manage the gateway process.

    The External Quality Assurance Organisation at Level 2 will be UKFT (UK Fashion and Textiles) and at Level 3 The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

    Summary of costs -

    Employer contribution

    Apprentice 16 – 18 years old, no employer contribution unless they employ over 50 people in which case, they pay 5% of the Government contribution. This is currently £250 for Level 2 Leather Craftsperson and £450 for Level 3 Bespoke Saddler.

    Apprentice over 18 years old (past their 19th birthday), employer pays 5% of the Government contribution. This is currently £250 for Level 2 Leather Craftsperson and £450 for Level 3 Bespoke Saddler.

    In the case of a 16 – 18-year-old the employer currently receives an incentive payment of £1000 once the apprentice has remained with them for a set length of time.

    Apprentices normally travel to Salisbury on Monday morning and return home on Friday afternoon, hence four nights B&B accommodation is organised by ourselves. There is a requirement for under 19-year old’s to have their own room whilst over 19- year old’s will be required to share a twin room. The current charge is £160 for four nights of which the Saddlers’ Company are currently subsidising by £80. Therefore, each employer will be required to pay the B&B £80 per four nights of accommodation. Note: The accommodation charge is liable to increase annually, the contribution by Saddlers Company whilst very generous could be withdrawn or adjusted at anytime.

    Employers will normally be required to pay for materials supplied by The Saddlery Training Centre. (Apprentices may be asked to pay or contribute to these materials cost but only if the apprentice intends to keep the items they have made). Alternatively, employers can provide materials and send them with the apprentice for the training week.

     

     

    For Further Details

    Contact:
    The Saddlery Training Centre Ltd
    3 H Stanley Court
    Glenmore Business Park
    Telford Road
    Churchfields
    Salisbury
    Wiltshire
    SP2 7GH

    Tel: 01722 - 341144

     

    E-mail: info@saddlerytraining.com

    April 2019

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