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Education & Training Establishments

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd:- Leather Trade House, Kings Park Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6JD, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1604 679999. Fax: +44 (0) 1604 679998.
E-mail: info@blcleathertech.com. The leading independent leather technology centre, working with hundreds of companies in over 40 countries BLC delivers a range of leather-related services. Established for over 80 years they have the technical pedigree in leather technology to ensure fast accurate solutions to technical, management or environmental leather problems.

Leather training courses
BLC offers leather training courses, leather seminars, leather workshops, leather footwear courses, leather upholstery courses, leathergoods courses, garment courses and leather technology courses. Each leather course can be tailored to individual company needs and is delivered by experienced and practical leather and footwear experts. Leather training courses are also available in Asia and individual corporate courses can be carried out anywhere in the world.

Leather experts
A strength of BLC is its leather specialisation and its ability to provide in-depth analysis of manufacturing or consumer problems. No matter how well production processes are managed and controlled, leather problems and leather faults do occur. BLC offers leather consulting services to cover all aspects of the leather supply chain. BLC has the leather experts and practical leather knowledge to solve all leather problems. Website http://www.blcleathertech.com/

Cambridge and District Saddlery Courses (International)  Ltd:- 31 St Johns Street, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk IP33 1SN, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1284 700640. Fax: +44 (0) 1284 703404. Contact: Sarah Mansworth. This is a long established Training Centre. Providing short and intensive courses linked to The National Skill Assessment and Qualification Scheme for the Saddlery Trade. This is a Test Centre with no website nor Email address.

Capel Manor College:- Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ, UK. Tel: 08456 122 122.  Fax: 01922 717544. E-mail: enquiries@capel.ac.uk. This college now offers the Saddlery Courses instead of Cordwainers. This two-year course comprises two separate qualifications: the level 2 Certificate in Saddlery and the level 3 Advanced Certificate in Saddlery. The full course will introduce you to Saddlery work. It includes both traditional craft saddlery and modern factory-based production methods. Completion of both qualifications leads to the award of the prestigious Cordwainers' Diploma. These courses also have a leathergoods craft input. Find them at Website http://www.capel.ac.uk/

Cordwainers College:- 20 John Princes Street, Hackney, London W1G 0BJ, UK. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7400 Fax: 020 7514 7484. E-mail: enquiries@fashion.arts.ac.uk. Is now known as Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion. It was in August 2000 that this college merged with the London College of Fashion. Leather Fashion and Design courses are as usual still provided and for further information on what is available at present visit the Website http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/ An overview of Cordwainers listing the student accommodation and courses offered can also be found on The British Council Site. Find them at Website http://www.britcoun.org/eis/profiles/cordwainers

The Cumbria School of Saddlery:- Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT, UK. Tel: 01768 899919. E-mail: davidmay@saddlerycourses.com. Principal and Tutor, David May. An experienced and Competent Saddler, he offers a wide range of saddlery and traditional leatherwork courses at beginner and intermediate stages.  These courses are mainly short term. Linked to the National Skill Assessment and Qualification Scheme for The Saddlery Trade.

Students at work

An important feature of Redhills is that teaching takes place in a realistic environment where customers come and go, bringing in repairs, collecting tack and being charged for services at the going rate. It follows that tuition has a firm, commercial base and is carried out in a practical atmosphere. The School is a Test Centre for the City and Guilds Skills Assessment Scheme and can prepare students for Skills Tests 1, 2 and 3. Find them at Website http://www.saddlerycourses.com/

Fosen Folk High School:- Fosen Folkehøgskole, N-7100 Rissa, Norway. Tel: +47 73 85 85 85, Fax: +47 73 85 85 86, E-mail: kontor@fosen.fhs.no. There are a variety of courses available all of which are activity or craft orientated to provide a purpose in life for young people. The Folk High School is located in the small rural community of Rissa, about one hour travel by bus/ferry from Trondheim. Where there are, among other things, shops, a town hall, a library, a post office, bank and a health centre. The poet Johan Bojer grew up in Rissa, and describes the country, coast culture and traditions in his internationally known books. Students must have reached 18 years of age by January 1st of the school year. Exceptions are occasionally made for students that are younger. There is no age limit. Students must accept and follow the schools ground rules. You can learn different craft techniques such as knifemaking, basketry and ceramics. Most of the materials are found in the vicinity of the school. We have sheep of our own, and also work a lot with wool and leather. We emphasize the whole process, from slaughtering the sheep to the finished product. On the way you will learn carding, spinning, dyeing with plants, knitting, feltmaking and weaving. And using the sheepskins, you will be able to sew a warm and cosy skin rug! Website http://www.fosen.fhs.no/english/eng_index.html?&kat=318&m=318

Franelli Upholsterers:- 45 Leyton Avenue, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1RZ. Tel: 01634 577755. E-mail: franco@franelli.com. Contact: Franco Franelli. (Member of the Association of Master Upholsterers). This Master Craftsman is now offering Courses on this popular craft. The following is taken from the course Prospective: Learn the basic principles of upholstery, how to upholster chairs, sofas, and other pieces of fine furniture. You can learn traditional and modern upholstery. Professional tutor with over 28 years experience · All levels including beginners · Maximum of up to 2 students at a time · Tuition to suit individual requirements · Fully hands on tuition with detailed handouts for students · Fully equipped workshop · All materials & equipment provided · Course dates to suit students including weekends · Cost £85 per student per day plus materials used. · Local accommodation available. Learn how to· Identify tools and sundries. · Strip down your furniture. · Make good the frame. · Web, spring and stuff · Re-cover and trim · Also included will be fabric and leather layout and cutting · Fabric patterns and styles · Measuring up and cutting out. Under your tutor's guidance, you will end up with a piece of furniture you'll be proud to have in your home. Website http://www.franelli.com

J Hewit & Sons Ltd:- Unit 28, Park Royal Metro Centre, Britannia Way, London. NW10 7PR. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20-8965-5377. Fax: +44 (0) 20-8453-0414. E-mail: sales@hewit.com. Contact: David M Lanning (Director) E-mail: david@hewit.com. They produce two publications of "Skin Deep" each year and these plus earlier issues are available for download from their website. Website http://www.hewit.com/sd12-nbss.htm The current issue gives information on the availability of Bookbinding courses at North Bennet Street School (Mark Andersson, North Bennet Street School, 39 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113, USA or E-mail: bookbinding@nbss.org. Information on workshops and all the full time programs can be found on the school's website. Find it here Website http://www.nbss.org/

Hought Fine Art & Leather:- P.O. Box 2115, McKinleyville, CA 95519. USA. Tel: 707-839-1164 and 1-800-839-1164. Fax: 1-707-839-1164. E-mail: hought@humboldt1.com. Contact: Gail Hought. This talented artisan and maker of horse equipment provides private lessons, short courses, seminars and consultations. These all deal with the Art of Braiding or plaiting as it is known in some areas, at which Gail is an expert. She is also a very talented artist as can be seen in the illustrations included in her books on the subject, as well as the art work displayed on her site. Website http://www.hought.com/

The Leather Training & Technical Dept Ltd:- Longdale House, 105B Weatherby Road, Harrogate HG2 7SH. UK. Tel: 01423-881027. Fax: 01 423-887324. E-mail: enquiries@lttsolutions.net. Contacts: Business Director - Judy Bass. Senior Trainer/Technical Director - Andy Alcock. Leather Technician Courses in the care and treatment of leather, (specifically for Leather Furniture & Upholstery). Leather upholstery is now a major part of the furniture being sold into the domestic market.

Before the rise in popularity leather classification was relatively straightforward Pigment, Aniline, Nubuck/Suede. Now that the furniture industry is more driven by the fashion industry than practical consideration the range and variety of finishes has exploded with new varieties being introduced every year.

Leather as a product is basically the same item, in most cases what changes is the surface finish it is given to alter the look and feel of it. It is this surface finish that technicians, cleaners and sales personnel alike have to be able to identify and service.

Many businesses have seen the benefits of good informative training. These include Members of the Association of Independent Stores (AIS), Members of the NCCA, Members of the Association of Master Upholsterers (AMU), FIRA, Independent Inspections and many other manufacturing, retail and service groups as well as individual technicians and cleaners.

LTT offer a variety of courses to suite specific areas of the market: for Service Technicians, Upholsterers and Cleaners · for Warehouse Managers, Delivery Staff and Repair Technicians · for Retail Sales staff. Website http://www.lttsolutions.net/training.asp

Leather Wise Ltd:- Moulton Park Business Centre, Redhouse Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6AQ, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1604 497568. Fax: +44 (0) 1604 497569. E-mail: info@leatherwise.co.uk. This Company was established at the beginning of 2006.  With over 30 years experience and knowledge of the leather industry, we provide professional scientific fault diagnosis, arbitration service and provide training in all aspects of leather and leather products. Our fault diagnosis and arbitration services can help you overcome production problems, settle disputes between suppliers and customers throughout the supply chain and provide a leather identification service. Manufacturers can also access these courses so that their management and staff can benefit from a better understanding of the material they are working with. See also Here. Website http://www.leatherwise.co.uk/

Leicester International School of Footwear:- Tel: 0116 224 2240. E-mail: info@leicester.ac.uk.  Leicester College is centrally located in the Midlands region of the UK. The College has four main Campuses (Abbey Park Campus, Bede Island Campus, Freemen's Park Campus, St Margaret's Campus) conveniently located in the centre of Leicester City within approximately 10 minutes walking distance of each other. Courses offered in Footwear, Bookbinding and Textiles (BTEC First Certificate in Design Fashion and Textiles) They have an excellent reputation, to check the all the course details visit the Website http://www.leicestercollege.ac.uk/

London College of Fashion:- 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY, UK. Tel (switchboard): 0207 514 6000, (generic course enquiries): 0207 514 6130. High Holborn Reception open Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm. E-mail: info@arts.ac.uk. The only college in the UK to specialise in fashion education, research and consultancy. They offer a unique portfolio of courses that aim to reflect the breadth of opportunity available in this vibrant industry. Whether a student's passion is for footwear design, make-up for film, fashion buying or styling for photographic shoots, the philosophy of all their courses is to offer creative development alongside a strong vocational slant. The expertise of their highly experienced industry professionals ensures that students are kept aware of changing demands and opportunities within the fashion industry. Many of their tutors combine teaching with careers within the industry. This allows them to pass on invaluable 'insider' knowledge to students, on the latest technologies, techniques and trends. Website http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/courses/footwear_accessories.htm

Nene College:-:- Postal addresses: The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St George's Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD, The University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL. Course enquiries and general information: Course freephone: 0800 358 2232, Tel: 01604 735500, E-mail: study@northampton.ac.uk. Website: Website www.northampton.ac.uk. International course enquiries: Tel: 00 44 (0)1604 892017, E-mail: international@northampton.ac.uk. Website: Website www.northampton.ac.uk/international. The main college for the tanning industry in the UK. All courses here are related to the production of leather and no craft courses are available. (Leather Technology MSc. The course aims to provide the opportunity to acquire and enhance technical skills related both to self learning and to research appropriate to postgraduate study. Leather Technology MPhil. The course is designed for a graduate in a physical science or similar discipline who has recently entered or wishes to enter the leather production or allied industries. Leather Technology PhD. The course is designed for a graduate in a physical science or similar discipline who has recently entered or wishes to enter the leather production or allied industries.) Find them at Website http://www.nene.ac.uk/

North Warwickshire College:- Hinckley Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 6BH, UK. Tel: (024) 7624 3000. Fax: (024) 7632 9056. E-mail: the.college@nwhc.ac.uk. Courses were offered here relating to the making and machining of car seats and interiors. They also used the old City and Guilds 470 Qualifications. These courses may still be available. They also offer an Upholstery course (City and Guilds Diploma in Design 7923-18 Upholstery). Find them at Website http://www.nwhc.ac.uk/

Saddlery Training Centre:- 14-17 The Malverns, Cherry Orchard Lane, Salisbury, Wilts SP2 7JG. Contact name: Mark or Dawn Romain. Tel: 01722 341144. Fax: 01722 349669. E-mail: info@saddlerytraining.co.uk. This new training facility now runs courses which were formally provided by the Countryside agency.

Mark Romain: Director and Training Advisor of The Saddlery Training Centre Richard Godden: Side-Saddle Specialist John McDonald: Collar Course Consultant

The New Entrants Training Scheme and Open courses are being delivered on behalf of the Countryside Agency, but a far more flexible approach can now be adopted for candidates outside of rural England and abroad. A full range of courses in Saddlery, Harness and Collar Making and Leatherworking are available. Mark is a highly skilled Saddler and Assessor. There are also two specialist consultants, Richard Godden and John McDonald who are experts in the areas of side-saddle and collar/harness making. Website http://www.saddlerytraining.co.uk

Walsall College of Art:- St Paul's Street, Walsall, West Midlands WS1 1XN, UK. Tel: 01922 657000. Fax: 01922 657083. E-mail: info@walsallcollege.ac.uk. A small but excellent college, they ran Craft Courses under the old City and Guilds 470 Qualifications in both Saddlery and Leathergoods. They now offer the only Academic Craft Courses for Leathergoods with a qualification, as well as an advanced course in this field. For a list of Courses and Qualifications plus the Saddlery Courses, visit their much improved site. Find them at Website http://www.walcat.ac.uk/

West Herts College:- Hempstead Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 3EZ. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1923 812000. Fax: +44 (0) 1923 812556. E-mail: admissions@westherts.ac.uk. Bookbinding and Leather Courses. Message from the Principal

"Join us and you're joining a community where you are valued as a person and encouraged as a student. At West Herts College your future is our inspiration - it's your world and we want to help you make the most of it. We want to hear about your ambitions, your interests and your passions - then we can develop the new skills you need to succeed. We're here for you whatever your plans. It's your future. Let ambition and interests be your guide."

Visit their site for courses offered. Find them at Website http://www.westherts.ac.uk/


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