Apprentice selected for special watch training

Former machine operator joins British School of Watchmaking course.

John H Lunn apprentice Daniel Adair has been selected by the Houlden Group to join the British School of Watchmaking’s exclusive training group.

The opportunity was provided as part of a sponsorship partnership between the British School of Watchmaking and the Houlden Group, which is invited each year to select suitable candidates to take part in the rigorous assessment for the three year program.

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Only six students are selected for the course each year. Adair is enjoying a double celebration, as he has only just been appointed as an apprentice watchmaker at Lunn’s, Belfast, having beaten off tough competition for the job.

Daniel starts working with Lunn’s at the end of July, but will join the School in Manchester this September. Daniel was previously working as a machine operator, but was keen to have a complete change of direction and wanted to pursue his interest in horology. He will be working under the mentorship of Lunn’s two existing watchmakers.

Houlden Group chief executive Stuart Laing said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Daniel and demonstrates tremendous foresight by Lunn’s who have recognised Daniel’s talent and the terrific asset he will be for the business following this course. There is an extreme shortage of watchmakers so I’m sure Daniel has a prosperous career ahead of him.”

John H Lunn people development manager Lizanne Gibson added: “The demand on our watchmakers is extraordinary and although Daniel will be working away for the majority of the time, the knowledge and training he will gain will be invaluable.

“There is currently a shortfall of approximately 600 watchmakers in the UK. While we have all been very busy selling there has been a whole generation of watchmakers missed, so this is a unique opportunity and a great career path. It is not a career many people consider but the passion conveyed by all the horologists I’ve ever met speaks volumes – they simply love the job.”

The Houlden Group founded the British School of Watchmakers along with partners, The Swatch Group, Rolex Richemont UK, Patek Phillipe, Breitling UK, Signet Group, Goldsmiths and FA Buck. As part of the sponsorship, Houlden has the opportunity to present an apprentice for consideration for the School. The project is also supported by Watches of Switzerland Training and Education Programme, based in Switzerland.



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