Six new apprentices have started learning how to make one of Britain’s most iconic shoes.
Alfie Russo, 18, Asha Harper, 24, Stacey Bevan, 25, Diana Mae Worrall, 18, Ben Watson, 19, and Thomas Craig, 24, were selected from more than 160 applicants to take part in the Dr Martens Apprenticeship Scheme.
They will work in the Cobbs Lane factory in Wollaston, where the first Dr Martens boot was made.
Dr Martens launched the apprenticeship scheme in January 2012 to help keep shoe-making skills alive in Northamptonshire and to help meet the demand for the brand’s premium Made In England and Crafted product ranges.
UK production manager Stephen Bent said: “We have a problem with skilled areas where there is an ageing workforce and the investment in young people is lacking.
“The great thing about Dr Martens is the boots and shoes are a young person’s product, so the apprentices have come here with a fondness for what they are making.”
The six will work in different areas of the factory to learn all aspects of shoemaking before qualifying as a footwear operative.
Asha said: “In my first week I realised this is not just a job but a craft.”