Holts launches higher education jewellery courses

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Carefully devised HNC and HND courses tailored to needs of industry.

Holts Academy has launched new Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) jewellery courses, created with input and feedback from the industry.

The new higher education courses have launched ahead of Holts Academy’s first jewellery degree course for industry, to be inaugurated in September 2015. They will operate as one- or two-year programmes, part- time or full-time, and are available for enrolment now.

Holts Academy has worked with the jewellery industry to devise the new course programmes, with the aim of incorporating as much contact as possible with expert tutors, covering applied learning in traditional manufacture and design, CAD and Illustrator skills and an understanding and experience of state-of-the-art production and rapid prototyping.

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The courses will also cover commercial, management and business skills to ensure have a "useful foundation for industry", whether they wish to work in the trade, start their own business, make or design for the mass market or for the high end. The Academy adds that all students will be "rigorously assessed at each stage".

Holts Academy chief executive and principle Lee Lucas said: "We are immensely excited to be able to offer these higher education qualifications as both progression from our accredited diploma courses and as a new entry point for those embarking on HE study on their journey to degrees. The Academy will deliver these courses with the same high level of contact time with expert tutors as Higher Education with a difference – vocationally orientated and highly technical programmes – giving participants the skills that industry needs and that all too often graduates lack. We aspire to be the learning provider of choice for students entering the trade and for employers seeking the best trained candidates."

The new HNCs and HNDs will be held at Holts’ St Cross Street premises in Hatton Garden, London, which with students working across two jewellery workshops, a new technology room, a polishing and finishing room, a design studio and a gallery space.

Lucas added: "Data from the industry clearly shows that graduates applying for jobs do not have all the skills that the UK jewellery industry needs now particularly in design, making and business skills. We will be filling that skills gap. By delivering industry-relevant HNCs and HNDs Holts Academy is ensuring that there is a meaningful alternative to higher education routes for students which provides a high level of academic study alongside a high level of technical skills fit for today’s industry and tomorrow’s economy. Our programmes were created from the ground up with this in mind and aim to provide high calibre, highly skilled graduates to the industry."
 

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