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Leatherworking Apprenticeships

Leatherworking Apprenticeships

The Leathersellers’ Foundation offers apprenticeship funding of £5,000 – £10,000 per annum for up to three years to support the training and education of aspiring leather craftspeople. We provide these opportunities to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the field of leatherworking in the UK.



Who can apply?

Applications for a grant to support a Leatherworking Apprenticeship should come from the organisation/master who will be training the apprentice. This could be an application to create a new apprenticeship that has not existed before, or for an existing apprentice programme.

To be eligible you must meet these criteria:

• the organisation is a UK-based sole-trader or micro-business (definition as provided by Companies House: turning over less than £632,000, has £316,000 or less on its balance sheet, and has less than 10 employees)
• there is genuine financial need from the employer who cannot access these funds from alternative schemes including those provided by the government
• the apprenticeship will be of benefit to both the apprentice and the organisation
• the apprentice will be aged 18 or over (no upper age limit) and be living and working
permanently in the UK
• the apprentice will be paid at at least minimum wage (dependent on age) though we would hope some companies were able to provide the Living Wage to their apprentices, or at least reach that point in a staged way over the course of the apprenticeship (£9.50 per hour)

What do we fund?

We offer grants of between £5,000 – £10,000 per annum, for a maximum of a three-year apprenticeship. This should contribute towards the business’ costs of training the apprentice (where possible to gain recognised qualifications) or the apprentice’s salary.
We want to support excellence in British leatherworking, so we are looking for apprentices to be people planning to utilise their skills and stay in the UK to contribute to the leather industry.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our online form (this will be made available when the programme is open).

To assist you in preparing your responses you will also be able to download a word version (but only applications submitted online will be considered).


Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 27th May 2022. These will then be assessed and considered by the Grants team and the Leather Trade Committee.


A decision will be provided by Friday 24th June at the latest.


Terms of the Grant

Please note that should you be successful in receiving this funding, you will be required to report annually to the Leathersellers against the goals stated in your application. Multi-year funding is paid annually dependent on receipt of a satisfactory report. The Trustees of the Foundation have the discretion to discontinue the award if circumstances require.

Unsure of your eligibility or have any other questions? Please contact Natalia and the Grants team at