Birmingham’s jewellery quarter looks to the future
The Birmingham Assay Office has announced a partnership between local manufacturers, Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team and Connexions who together will launch a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ scheme.
The idea is being funded by the Working Neighbourhoods Fund and has been launched to encourage new blood into the jewellery trade. Organisations taking part will receive a subsidy to help them continue to provide the highest quality bench-skills training in the workplace, for which Birmingham’s jewellery industry is renowned.
Steve Millington from LJ Millington said, “This scheme is an excellent initiative and will be of great benefit to the small companies and apprentices involved. I’m looking forward to working with our new apprentice and working towards safeguarding the skills which are vital to the future of the Jewellery Quarter.”
Fiona Toye from Toye, Kenning and Spencer added, “This pilot programme is a first step to establishing a sustainable apprenticeship scheme that benefits the trade and I’m delighted that my own company is benefitting from the scheme with a young man starting as an apprentice diemaker.”
Six young people will be employed for twelve months on the scheme and the worshipful company of Goldsmiths will be helping to develop the programme into a nationally recognised apprenticeship.