Goldsmiths’ Centre creates career-boosting courses

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Centre creates three "packages" tailored to give makers head start.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London is set to launch three training packages tailored to the needs of emerging jewellery and precious metal designer-makers embarking on the first steps of their careers.

The packages will be launched tomorrow at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in London. They aim to help enhance both the bench and business skills of young designers seeking to build a business.

Goldsmiths’ Centre director Peter Taylor said of the three courses: “What you learn in a university or college environment doesn’t always equip you for the highs and lows of getting into a goldsmithing career.

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"Graduates often find that they also need to hone their practical skills in the workshop. At the same time, those immersed in learning their skills at the bench don’t get time to think about the transition into a business of their own."

The three "career launch pads" will take place over a number of months, with the first launching in October this year.

The first package, Setting Out, offers those wanting to make the transition from learning to business or a career in a jewellery or goldsmithing workshop full time. The Goldsmiths’ Centre will offer flexible access to shared studio space in building in central London and will provide designers with access to its Knowledge Programme that includes at least 20 days vocational training and/or professional development per year.

From January 2014 the Centre’s Making It programme of courses will launch, taught by goldsmiths and tailored to new goldsmiths. It is said to be "ideal if you’re already working in the industry and want to develop your skills or are just starting your career".

Courses are offered in a range of formats including day-release for those working in the industry, evenings and weekends, and will range from diamond mounting, silversmithing and engraving to enamelling and diamond setting, with more to be confirmed – giving designer-makers the skills they need to get to the next level.

Between January 13 to 18 2014 the Goldsmiths’ Centre will run its Getting Started course, a week of intensive, interactive workshops and seminars to help new starters get to grips with setting up business on their own, or as part of a workshop.

Areas covered by Getting Started include pricing strategy; making social media work for you; marketing and selling to galleries and specialist retailers, with applications for the course opening on October 14.

Jewellery designer Ivonna Poplanska has already taken part in the pilot of the Setting Out course and says that it has helped boost her career in its early stages.

She said: “Having studied at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester I took the opportunity to move into shared studio space at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and enhance my skills through their Knowledge Programme.

"In 2012 I won the British Jewellers Association’s competition to design a brooch for the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. She wore the brooch to church on Christmas Day – a real high point for me. I would never have won that competition without the skills I learnt here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and the exposure it has given me has resulted in new commissions and opportunities I feel much more equipped to fulfil."

An opening day for Setting Out will take place at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on July 12 from 10am.
 

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