Alexander Wood, former apprentice to Nathanial Groves, has taken home the Goldsmiths’ Company’s award for Apprentice of the Year.

Prime warden Richard Fox officially presented the award via the Company’s first virtual ceremony.

This marks the sixth time the accolade has been awarded since it was introduced in 2015.


This year, it recognises both the work of Wood while he was an apprentice, and also the support he received from his master, Nathanial Groves.

Wood completed a four-year diamond-mounting apprenticeship with Nathanial Groves.

He has also taken part in the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, a skills, apprentices and careers event, in which he placed 7th out of 17 in the fine jewellery-making category.

Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, commented: “In the challenging times that we are all facing, it is fantastic to be able to celebrate Alex through this well-deserved award.

“As an apprentice he has excelled throughout his time on the Goldsmiths’ Company
Apprenticeship Scheme and can be rightly proud of his success at WorldSkills.

“Most importantly, this award is based in-part upon peer review, and Alex proved to be the standout candidate to the other apprentices during the judging process.

“It is brilliant to be able to collectively celebrate the success of all our apprentices and Alex in particular.”