Canvas and Leather Goods Makers make and repair boots, shoes, leather goods, canvas and sailcloth articles, and related products.

    You can work as a Canvas or Leather Goods Maker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Canvas and Leather Goods Makers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • cutting and preparing canvas, leather and sailcloth to design specifications, patterns and drawings
    • sewing, gluing and riveting sections of canvas together to make articles such as awnings, tents, tarpaulins and horse rugs
    • attaching grommets, fastenings and other fittings to canvas goods
    • joining parts of leather articles using rivets, hand sewing, sewing machines, tools and adhesive
    • restoring and repairing leather articles
    • fabricating sails
    • designing patterns and prototypes of boots and shoes
    • making and grading patterns using manual and computerised methods
    • clicking synthetics, corrected grains, leather linings and leather outers by hand and machine
    • altering and repairing footwear

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 3,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Canvas and Leather Goods Makers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 3,000 in 2018 to 2,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Canvas and Leather Goods Makers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62%).
    • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20083300
    20092500
    20102900
    20112700
    20122000
    20132400
    20142400
    20152100
    20161600
    20172000
    20183000
    20232800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing53.4
    Other Services32.5
    Retail Trade5.9
    Construction1.3
    Other Industries6.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.731.6
    VIC22.025.6
    QLD22.420.0
    SA10.77.0
    WA10.410.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT0.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.1-5.05.0
    20-246.0-9.39.3
    25-3414.3-22.922.9
    35-4415.5-22.022.0
    45-5428.7-21.621.6
    55-5913.7-9.09.0
    60-649.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV34.1-21.121.1
    Year 1219.8-18.118.1
    Year 117.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below26.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Canvas or Leather Goods Maker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Canvas and Leather Goods Makers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Membership with the Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Association may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Canvas and Leather Goods Makers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      39% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Mechanical

      37% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. English Language

      36% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Mathematics

      32% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Education and Training

      30% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      90% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    3. Contact With Others

      89% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      88% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      87% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6041.00 - Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers.

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