Foundation Programme

Are you aged 16 plus? 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: September 2023 - July 2024 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter)
Application deadline: Sunday 5 May 2024
Course fee: Free. Support Grants available (see below).
Qualification: Course subject to change for 2023/24.

Like to know more about this course? To talk to our team call 020 7566 7650 or email us at

Scroll to the bottom of the page to register your interest for 2024 - 25.   

What is the Foundation Programme?

Our free, year-long Foundation Programme is unique to the UK and prepares young people* for a career in the jewellery, silversmithing and the precious metal industry. If you live in London or the South East, you will learn the core skills needed to enter an apprenticeship, including our Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, employment or further or higher education studies.

As part of a group of ten, you will be taught by expert craftspeople in fully-equipped workshops at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. You will develop your creativity, craft skills, build your confidence and learn traditional techniques such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Age: *The Foundation Programme is designed for 16 to 19 years olds, but the Goldsmiths' Centre has a small capacity to recruit for learners from 19 to 24.

What will I learn?

The course is workshop based and covers: 

  • Fine Jewellery (22% of the course)
  • Silversmithing (19% of the course) 
  • 2D Design and Drawing (12% of the course)
  • Engraving (9% of the course) 
  • Setting (8% of the course) 
  • Enamelling (8% of the course)
  • Chasing (7% of the course)
  • Computer Aided Design [CAD] (7% of the course) 
  • Personal and Professional Development (8% of the course) 

You will also get hands-on work experience with a trusted business and be able to take part in live projects and competitions. 

Do I need particular skills or experience to apply?

All applicants must meet the following application criteria:   

  • reside in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or be able to relocate to London or the South East for the duration of the course. Relocation expenses are not covered as part of our Foundation Programme Support Grant. 
  • You will be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. 
  • You will need to have GSC Grades 4 or above in Mathematics and English.
  • applications with non-standard qualifications are invited provided that you can demonstrate your abilities through sketch bookes or 2D/3D work in your portfolio.
  • we recommend that you have completed work experience in a jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries related workshop.

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. 

How do I apply?

Scroll to the bottom of the page to register your interest for 2024 - 25.   

If you have not already done so, we strongly advise you to read our application guidelines before starting your application. You will need to complete your application in one session, and this includes uploading a portfolio of your work, CV and passport photograph.      

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 Selection Day the best they can be.

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