The following organisations are currently running courses for those interested in taking up a career in saddlery. The courses vary in scope and content and up to date information should be sought from each as follows:-
Capel Manor College
MIDDLESEX EN1 4RQ
Tel: 0303 003 1234
The Saddlery Training Centre
3H Stanley Court, Glenmore Business Park,
Telford Road, Churchfields,
Wilts SP2 7GH
Tel: 01722 341144
The Saddlery Training Centre courses are designed for those who wish to progress with their saddlery training and are run on a week by week basis. They are not suitable for beginners.
LEATHER CRAFTSPERSON APPRENTICESHIP
Details of the Level 2 Leather Craftsperson Apprenticeship can be found here: Download
This document sets out the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA)
for the Leather Craftsperson apprenticeship standard. It is for
End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) who need to know how EPA for
this apprenticeship must operate. It will also be of interest to leather
craftsperson apprentices, their employers and training providers.
BESPOKE SADDLER LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
An alternative approach for those without previous training is by means of an apprenticeship to a Master Saddler, though finding one who is willing to take an apprentice at the right time and place may not be straightforward. Those who are most successful in finding a placement have gained some prior training in saddlery.
Apprenticeship normally lasts for 4 years, however prior training is taken into account when deciding upon the appropriate length of time to be served. The Apprentice's indenture papers are registered with the Society of Master Saddlers and Worshipful Company of Saddlers in order that any dispute or difference may be arbitrated by the Society. A Visitor is also appointed to oversee the apprentice's training. On satisfactory completion of the apprenticeship and the attainment of the necessary City& Guilds qualifications the apprentice will receive a Completion Certificate signed by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.
During the apprenticeship period the Master may wish to send the apprentice on one of the courses mentioned previously at The Saddlery Training Centre as part of their training.
A Modern Apprenticeship in Saddlery is also available to those of an appropriate age and in suitable employment
Proficiency in the craft of saddlery requires a considerable period of time of training and subsequent experience, however part time courses are available at some of the centres mentioned and there are in addition some private sources of tuition, including the following:-
Chris Taylor Master Saddler
Saddlers Den, 60 Norwood Avenue,
Tel: 01704 228370
George MacEachran Master Saddler
New Cumnock, East Ayrshire,
Tel: 07929 947996
Saddlery Training Scotland
Unit 6 Langlee Workshops,
Marigold Drive, Galashiels
Tel: 01896 750004