Footwear Manufacturer Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or if you have an employer, please ensure you add full contact details of your employer within your application. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

A footwear manufacturer is someone who produces children’s, ladies’ or men’s shoes, boots, sports and dance footwear, trainers or slippers within a factory or smaller studio production environment. Footwear manufacturing is a highly respected, skilled trade.

Footwear manufacturers may work in a small-scale operation making specialist or bespoke/personalised footwear, through to larger factories with extensive teams and departments, usually producing larger runs of the same piece of footwear. Regardless of which methods the employers use, footwear manufacturers know and understand the end-to-end process of how to manufacture a piece of footwear. The working hours are typically Monday to Friday.

Footwear manufacturers are very much part of a team, they report to Team Leaders, Supervisors or Owners. They may also interact with Production Managers, General Managers and Quality Managers and production colleagues. In smaller firms, footwear manufacturers may also deal directly with clients and designers.

Some Footwear Manufacturers choose to stay in production, while others progress to team leadership, management and beyond. Further training and production experience in making footwear may also lead to highly skilled specialist production roles crafting the very highest quality footwear.


  • Cutting materials (mostly leather)
  • Skiving (thinning the material)
  • Closing (sewing the upper part of the footwear),
  • Lasting (forming the footwear)
  • Attaching the sole
  • Finishing the footwear
  • Quality inspection and packing to company specification
  • Health, safety and the environment
  • Footwear construction process
  • Footwear materials, tools and equipment
  • Footwear work practices

Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job you choose to do, your Apprenticeship will be structured so that the training matches your job. You will work for your employer four days a week and train for one day a week either in-house or at College.

Apprentices can start this apprenticeship at any time of year.

Assessment Methods

You will undertake an End Point Assessment by an external organisation where there will be an observation and professional discussion to determine the overall grade. Your Assessor will obtain evidence that you meet the required standards throughout your training and be ready for the End Point Assessment.

You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards your qualification.

One day a week you will work on your College course work to gain the underpinning knowledge required and complete a test and project. Assessment also includes a professional discussion with an external examiner and Functional Skills in maths and English (exemptions may apply).

Progression Options

Upon completion of the course learners can enter full-time employment or study at a higher level, for example at university.

Course Summary

Course Title Footwear Manufacturer Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs at grades C/4 and above in maths and English, and interest or
experience in the area. Entry is subject to a successful interview and you will
have a initial assessment in maths and English.

You will also need a suitable employer able and willing to support you during
your apprenticeship.

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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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