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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.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
The Society of Master Saddlers (UK) Ltd 01449 711642
More Information

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