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as title,

Training courses, I sent one of my lads to Davenport Burgess and now Hickley's for  training then started to wonder who else within this trade (trades) offer any courses?

Yes we all train on the job but I feel one to one more in depth and make the person a lot more confident.

So which companies offer any training?

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I know this is in the Key Section but SOMSR would be delighted to hear from anyone who can offer Shoe Repair Training courses. We do get enquiries but don't seem to have any providers available currently. 

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Sad state of affairs that Robin. It would seem that the only way you can get training is to commit a crime, get yourself locked up and have training in prison...............Just sayin :shock: (How are you BTW?

 

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17 minutes ago, robinh said:

I know this is in the Key Section but SOMSR would be delighted to hear from anyone who can offer Shoe Repair Training courses. We do get enquiries but don't seem to have any providers available currently. 

How many enquiries do you get Robin?

 

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39 minutes ago, robinh said:

I know this is in the Key Section but SOMSR would be delighted to hear from anyone who can offer Shoe Repair Training courses. We do get enquiries but don't seem to have any providers available currently. 

Trade section??

Any how, not just keys i'd like to see all our services as in my shop we have 3 staff and a trainee but am trying 'to fid time' to do a more thorough training  

so losing the lad for a day occasionally is well worth it.

and recommend it - Hickley's and Davenport Burgess are fantastic.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Broms Cobb said:

Trade section??

Any how, not just keys i'd like to see all our services as in my shop we have 3 staff and a trainee but am trying 'to fid time' to do a more thorough training  

so losing the lad for a day occasionally is well worth it.

and recommend it - Hickley's and Davenport Burgess are fantastic.

 

 

oops just noticed it was moved lol

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Hi Everybody.

I'm doing fine here at the global HQ of the SOMSR organisation ( one day a week in Leeds and as much coffee as I can drink). 

Since I have been here I have had three enquiries from individuals (who would probably prefer not to go down the penal servitude route) to learn more about the trade.

What seems to be the norm is that they are willing to pay for training and possibly also prepared to travel to get it.  The going rate appears to be around 100 pounds per day.   I'm not sure of the H&S and liability requirements but I will see what  can find out. I would imagine that whoever gives the training would have to formulate a program and timetable to ensure that the trainee reaches their target efficiently and effectively. I know you can't train someone fully in the mysterious art of shoe repairing in a few simple steps so it might be that an introductory course over a couple of days  with a follow up masterclass might be good.

 

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Your'e absolutely right Robin. You can't train someone in the art of shoe repairs in a few simple steps. I'm still learning new stuff after 40 odd years. Interested in your posts too Keith. I'm of retirement age now and own the premises I am in.... Ideal place for a training centre for a couple of trainees. Also Robin I think the SOMSR  could come up with a training schedule.

I would hate to see our skills lost.

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7 minutes ago, Count Muppet said:

Funny to think that the trade is being lost considering timpson having 10 times as many shops as 20 years ago. But you are actually 100% correct

The trade is being lost because of Timpsons...... They turn all the skilled jobs away..... So then the punter thinks if Timpsons can't do them (Because they are so big) then no other repairer can, and that gives all of us a bad name when that is simply not true. 

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2 minutes ago, Gray said:

The trade is being lost because of Timpsons...... They turn all the skilled jobs away..... So then the punter thinks if Timpsons can't do them no other repairer can, and that gives all of us a bad name when that is simply not true. 

That’s a very good reason to get to know your local timpson manager. They will send that stuff to you so they don’t have to do it. That’s when you can pinch the customer

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Haha. You’d be surprised how lazy some of them are.

something that you would charge £20 for and probably earn £10-15 from would only be worth £3 bonus to them.

some customers I would happily pay £3 to not have to see again, others I’d like the money and repeat custom.

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there are a few independents that turn work away saying they can not be done also gray ,as with everything its not that they cant be done just they can not do them 

 

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I think we are the same Eric. I don’t turn anything away if I can help it. Had some men’s shoes in last week that another repairer told him to throw away . Rubber sole and heel and made some new leather tongues for them.

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5 hours ago, Gray said:

The trade is being lost because of Timpsons...... They turn all the skilled jobs away

Gray, you are absolutely correct

5 hours ago, Count Muppet said:

That’s a very good reason to get to know your local timpson manager. They will send that stuff to you so they don’t have to do it.

And a Timpson employee has just confirmed the situation with that statement.

Plus all us old school skilled workforce will need to retire at some point in the future, Where will that leave the industry?

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This is exactly why my old man has always said he would like to pass the skills he's learnt and taught me onto another young man. 

So if anyone knows of a boy in SW London or can get there with ease who'd like to grasp at the opportunity to be trained by my Dad, the best skilled repairer out there (I am biased) with a job at the end of it please let us know. 

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