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Final Call for Applications for Foundation Programme in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied industries at the Goldsmiths' Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell has now opened applications for its Foundation Programme 2018. This annual free programme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 19 who love working with their hands and are seeking the expert training and confidence to start a career as a craftsperson in the jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries.

Each year the full-time Foundation Programme equips 10 young people with the core skills to lead flourishing careers in the trade with 82% of students going on to work in the industry and with 62% securing roles as Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentices. Taught by Master craftspeople, who have decades of on-the-job experience, students are taught in traditional skills alongside modern technology with subjects ranging from fine jewellery and hand engraving to Computer Aided Design (CAD). 


“The Foundation Programme is the ultimate start to your career in the jewellery industry. You touch upon so many skills, you are able to learn more in that one year than many people do in their whole career. Not only that, but the course is taught by experts and run by people who genuinely want to get the best out of you.”

– Foundation Programme alumni Ben Hawkins

Young people accepted onto the course have gone on to flourish in prestigious competitions, such as the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards and World Skills UK. In 2017, the Goldsmiths’ Centre was officially selected as one of 40 organisations, alongside RBS, Barclays and Waitrose, to receive the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award at St James’s Palace from HRH The Princess Royal and the City & Guilds Group. The Princess Royal Training Commission, comprised of HRH The Princess Royal as well as seven leading figures in the business, learning and development community, commended the outstanding training conditions for young people and our work to develop opportunities in response to declining numbers of people entering the trade. 

“Our Foundation Programme students go through an intensive year of hands-on skills training with some of the leading names in the goldsmithing industry. Being part of a small intake, close friendships form over the year, which last well beyond the course and upon completion we, at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, continue to offer support and training throughout their apprenticeships.”

– Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre

All applications received by Sunday 6 May 2018 are considered by a committee and short-listed applicants are invited to an interview at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on Thursday 30 and Friday 1 June 2018. 

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