Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Programme
Everyone has to start somewhere. For aspiring silversmiths and
jewellers there's no better place to learn your craft than at the
bench in a real workshop where you can hone your skills and work
towards gaining qualifications under the guidance of a
How do I apply to become a Goldsmiths' Company apprentice?
If you're between 16 and 21 and you have a passion for working
in precious metals we'd love to hear from you. If you can't find
the answer to your questions here please contact us. You can also
download an Apprentice or Master
application form here.
What does an apprenticeship entail?
You will be trained in your Masters' workshop for up to five
years depending on the specialism you choose. You will initially
learn core skills before progressing onto more complex
Your Master will be a Freeman of the
Goldsmiths' Company and will have their workshop Health &
Safety audited. You, as an Apprentice, will be employed
directly by a Master who will provide you with a contract of
employment and a wage in accordance with existing government
guidelines. For further information about Government apprentice
legislation see the National Apprentice Service
Your progress will be assessed continually throughout your
apprenticeship by your Master and you will also attend two
Goldsmiths' Company reviews per year where you have the chance to
meet other apprentices and compare your progress. At the end of
your apprenticeship you will be required to produce a masterpiece
which showcases the skills you have learnt and you may be able to
achieve a City & Guilds Senior
Traditionally, all apprentices are "bound" to their Masters at
the start of their apprenticeship and made "free" at the end. The
Company maintains this historic tradition and,
upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will be given the
Freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company, an honour that dates back to
the 17th century.
Throughout your time you may also have the opportunity to take
part in exciting and challenging competitions such as the Goldsmiths'
Craftsmanship and Design Awards and the WorldSkillsUK events, both
of which will help develop your skills even further.
What will happen after my apprenticeship?
The Goldsmiths' Company Apprenticeship Scheme is world-renowned
and has been running since 1334. Many great silversmiths and
jewellers began their careers as apprentices.
If you show the right aptitude and commitment, you may well be
offered a permanent job by your Master at the end of your
apprenticeship. On the other hand you may choose to move to a
different or larger organisation. Some of the leading international
jewellery houses, such as Cartier and Asprey, have employed
Goldsmiths' Company apprentices in the past.
Alternatively, you might set up your own business and even
become a Master in your own right. Jewellers Stephen Webster and
Shaun Leane are among many leading industry figures who started out
in this way.
I'm interested, what do I do now?
If you have any questions you can contact us directly or download
a Masters or Apprentices application form
by clicking on the links below.
Apprenticeship Programme - Apprentice Application
Company Apprenticeship Programme - Master