Chance to get a foot in the door

Dr Martens Wollaston, tour of factory,
Dr Martens Wollaston, tour of factory,

A thriving boot and shoemaker is giving people the chance to get a foot in the door with the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme.

Dr Martens in Cobb’s Lane, Wollaston, is offering four apprentices the chance to learn every aspect of shoemaking with the hope they will rise through the ranks to help the company expand.

The factory makes the Made In England range which has grown in popularity in Asia and the USA. A year ago it was making 700 pairs of its famous boots per week. By April it hopes to be making 1,500 each week.

The company is hoping to find new talent through its apprenticeship scheme in partnership with South Leicestershire College.

Sourcing director Mike Watson-Smith said: “We need people with energy and determination to come and learn new skills and help us fulfil our plans.”

The apprentices will start by learning all the stages of production – clicking, closing, lasting and finishing.

They will then learn other aspects of the trade and could eventually end up travelling the world to ensure Dr Martens products are made to the highest of standards.

They will qualify with an Immediate Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles. The year-long scheme begins in February.

Anyone interested can email recruitment@drmartens.com or call 01933 663281.