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The NVQ Level 2 in Leather Goods Manufacture was set up by Skillfast-UK, in conjunction with Bridgwater & Taunton College and Mulberry, to ensure there was a qualification that was able to meet the needs of the employer and the employees.
The Mulberry factory, based near Shepton Mallet, has 250 employees, who create handbags and accessories for the famous Mulberry brand. The first group of apprentices completed the new qualification in 2008 and more groups are now being trained by Bridgwater & Taunton College.
Godfrey Davis, Mulberry Chairman, says
"This apprenticeship programme is very important. It is a growing programme and has helped with improvements at the factory. It has been a great success and we have achieved a huge amount. Thank you to Bridgwater & Taunton College and Skillfast-UK for their involvement in the scheme and for all the work that had been done."