Hockley Mint takes on three jewellery apprentices

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Manufacturer highly impressed with enthusiasm of young recruits.

Hockley Mint has hired three young jewellery apprentices to work at its headquarters in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The company has been part of the ongoing campaign to recruit apprentices in the jewellery industry and specifically within the Jewellery Quarter.

Gary Wroe, managing director at Hockley Mint, said: "We had initially planned for two recruits to be taken on in our mounting and finishing area of Hockley Mint but due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of the candidates it became a difficult choice.

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"After interviewing six potential apprenticeships there were three clear front runners. Trying to narrow down it down to two became an unenviable task [but] with the help of the production and quality manager we decided to employ all three.”

The original candidates were all given pre-employment training which Hockley Mint says helped to boost their confidence going forward and aided their ability to ask questions, show interest and explain why they wanted to work within the jewellery industry.

Apprentice Lauren Walton said: "I have enjoyed my time at Hockley Mint so far, I’ve learnt new skills and improved on previous ones. I’ve made new friends both at work and through Holts Academy. I’m really thankful to have been given this opportunity”.

The other apprentices Anthony Harris and Ethan Hawthorne said the experience had so far been enjoyable with both stating that they see their future within the jewellery industry, if not at Hockley Mint.

Wroe added: “The statements from Anthony, Ethan and Lauren prove how much passion and commitment there is in our industry and that we can develop people skills. Working with the recruits has proved to me that there is real scope for the industry.”

Following the efforts of Holts Academy, the British Jewellers’ Association and Birmingham City Council a scheme has now been developed and implemented within Birmingham, with Holts administrating and the School of Jewellery in Birmingham providing external training for the apprentices.

Birmingham City Council have subsidised 50% of the wages of the recruits for the first 12 months, with 25% being offered the following year.
 

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