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Bespoke Saddler

Making and repairing horse saddles.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer, but typically candidates will have experience working with leather products. Being able to double hand and single/back stitch would be an advantage.

What apprentices will learn
  • pattern measuring and construction
  • hand and machine stitching
  • using, maintaining and storing work equipment
  • how to select and buy the right materials
  • assembling and finishing products

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • have achieved English and maths GCSE grades 9 to 4 (equivalent to A* to C)
  • have completed a level 3 diploma in saddlery (bridle and saddle making)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be eligible to register as a provisional individual qualified bespoke saddler with the Society of Master Saddlers UK after completing their apprenticeship.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.