Former Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice, Benjamin Pritchard, was officially presented the latest Goldsmiths’ Company Members’ Charitable Fund Young Apprentice of the Year Award by HRH, The Princess Royal at the Prince Philip Medal Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 8 2016.
The medal, which recognises excellence in vocational skills and career progression, depicts the leopard head of the Livery Company’s coat of arms and was designed by 18 year old Maisie Sale, a trainee on the Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell London. HRH, The Princess Royal was joined by the Prime Warden Mr Michael Wainwright of Boodles for the presentation.
This unique medal was made and sponsored in part by Thomas Fattorini Ltd along with the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Members’ Charitable Fund, which supports young craftspeople beginning their career in the craft and industry of goldsmithing. Benjamin Pritchard completed a five year apprenticeship as a diamond mounter at Emson Haig and represented the UK in 2015 at the WorldSkills in São Paolo, Brazil, receiving a Medal of Excellence in Jewellery Making. He has continued to be an Ambassador for WorldSkills and the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice Scheme, which supports over 30 young people in the trade and is delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
Benjamin Pritchard explains: “I am thrilled to have received the Young Apprentice of the Year Award. It recognises the support that I have received from my Master and the Goldsmiths’ Centre through the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice Scheme; and I hope that I can inspire the next generation of the UK’s workforce and showcase how apprenticeships and training can lead to successful employment opportunities.”
Richard Fox, Chairman of the Craft and Industry Committee says: “It is through passion, dedication and willingness as well as the superb training received from their Masters that Apprentices, like Benjamin Pritchard, go on to excel and help to secure the future of the industry. We’re immensely proud to have awarded Benjamin with this prestigious award with support from The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Members’ Charitable Fund and The Goldsmiths’ Centre.”