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 6 September 2021 - Fri 1 July 2022 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter)  
Application deadline: Sunday 9 May 2021
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? Just talk to our team or register your interest below!

Call 020 7566 7650 or email us at professional.training@goldsmiths-centre.org

How do I apply?

Application for the Foundation Programme 2021/22 are now open. 

Please download the Foundation Programme Application Form, complete and return to professionaltraining@goldsmiths-centre.org

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Application deadline: Monday 10 May

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
  • Wax carving 
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) 
  • Design and drawing skills 

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

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. 

2021 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 6 September 2021 and be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. 

Attend a Virtual Open Day

Our Virtual Open Days will give you the opportunity to learn about starting a career as a jeweller or silversmith with the best training on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s fully-funded one year Foundation Programme in London.

You will find out more about the course, explore our workshops and hear from some of our current training staff and alumni. Held online via Zoom, you will get a feel for what is like to be part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s creative community.

At the end of the session, there will also be plenty of time to ask your questions, find out more about possible career routes, including the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship programme, and the application process.

Click below to book your Virtual Open Day session:
 

How do I apply?

Application for the Foundation Programme 2021/22 are now open.

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Please download the Application Form, complete and return to professionaltraining@goldsmiths-centre.org

Application deadline: Monday 10 May