Foundation Programme

Are you aged 16 to 19? Do you love working with your hands? Get the best skills, training and confidence to start your apprenticeship or career as a jeweller or silversmith on our Foundation Programme.

Full-time. 9 month course.

Course dates: Mon 7 September 2020 - Fri 25 June 2021 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter)  
Application deadline: Sunday 10 May 2020
Course fee: Free for those who successfully apply 
Qualification: City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing, additional units in Employability Skills, the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Craft Skills

Like to know more about this course? Want to attend an Open Day? Just talk to our team! Call 020 7566 7650 or email

What is the Foundation Programme?

Our full-time Foundation Programme is unique to the UK and a gateway for school and college leavers living in London or the South East into the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, job or further or higher education course. It provides you and other young people with the core skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied crafts.

As part of a small group of ten, you will spend a full year being taught by leading craftspeople in modern and fully-equipped workshops at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. The course covers traditional techniques, such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting; alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design (CAD).

On the Foundation Programme, they get the best in the business to teach you

What will I learn?

You will be taught traditional techniques, such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting; alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design (CAD). 

The course is workshop based and covers: 

  • Fine Jewellery 
  • Setting 
  • Enamelling 
  • Silversmithing 
  • Engraving 
  • Polishing and finishing techniques
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) 
  • Design and drawing skills 

You will also get hands-on experience with a professional company.

Who will be teaching me?

A group of tutors, who are all specialists in their fields and represent a broad range of skills from across the industry, will teach you and your year.

Why should I apply?

If you’re passionate about craft, then the Foundation Programme will help you to develop your creativity, skills and build your confidence. 

The UK jewellery industry employs over 55,000 people and there are over 16,000 jewellery industry related businesses in the UK. You will graduate with the hand skills, which could enable you to become an apprentice – perhaps through The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme – or go on to a job, or further or higher education course.  

You may also gain the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing, additional units in Employability Skills and the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Craft Skills.

Do I need particular skills or experience to apply?

Grades 4-9/A-C in Mathematics, English and ICT are a bonus as well as work experience in a jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries related workshop. 

2020 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 7 September 2020 and be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. 

How can I find out more?

We run Open Days on Tue 22 October 2019, 18 February 2020, 17 March 2020 and 7 April 2020, so you can see our training workshops, meet our current trainees and ask your questions about the course. Email our team at professionaltraining@goldsmiths-centre.org to book your slot. 

How do I apply?

Applications for the Foundation Programme 2020/21 are accepted all year. To apply, download the "Foundation Programme Application Form" below or email our team at professionaltraining@goldsmiths-centre.org for more information.

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