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: 11 September 2023 - 5 July 2024 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter)
Applications open: Tue 8 November 2022, 10am 
Application deadline: Sun 7 May 2023
Course fee: Free. Support Grants available (see below).
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, then register your interest below? To talk to our team call 020 7566 7650 or email us at professional.training@goldsmiths-centre.org

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).

How do I apply?

Applications for the Foundation Programme are currently closed.

Click below to Register your Interest for the Foundation Programme 2023/24:

Open Days

We are running a Virtual Open Day on Saturday 19 November 2022 and In-Person Open Days on Friday 17 February 2023 and Thursday 9 March 2023.

Application advice

We are looking for young people who are able to show us their passion for creativity, craft and being a part of this unique creative industry.

Here are some of our top tips to help make your Foundation Programme application and Assessment Day the best they can be.

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. 

2022 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 5 September 2022 and be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. 

What support is available?

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation Programme is free to attend. Grants may be made available to support any current student who is experiencing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances if they, or if dependent, their household, receives one or more government benefits. The grant can be used to cover any financial need necessary for your continued participation on the course. This could relate to transport costs or accommodation for example. 

Funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, our grants ensure that finance is not a barrier to applying as part of our commitment to inclusion and social mobility. Please contact us at the application stage about further information.