Apprentices celebrate successfully finishing the Jewellery Quarter pilot scheme in association with Holts Academy.

Holts Academy toasts Birmingham Jewellery Quarter pilot scheme.

Businesses in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter joined Holts Academy to celebrate the success of the region’s first apprenticeship scheme for a generation at Birmingham City University last week. 

The event marked the graduation of 13 apprentices who enrolled on the pilot of Holts Academy’s Birmingham Apprenticeship Scheme.


Anthony Harris, Adam Ford, Claire Parks, Ethan Hawthorne, Matthew McGee, Lauren Walton and David Grant received their certificates from Amanda Brade, head of learning and quality at Holts Academy.

In addition, the Holts Academy Apprentice Employer of the Year crown was awarded to Hockley Mint – who won £500 worth of free training with Holts Academy.

The Apprentice Award for Excellence went to Anthony Harris who was an outstanding achiever during his apprenticeship with Hockley Mint, taking home £150 in Cookson’s vouchers

Guest speakers at the event included Fiona Toye of Toye Kenning & Spencer, director of Horology at Birmingham City University Jeremy Hobbins, managing director of Hockley Mint and chairman of the BJA Gary Wroe.

More than ten jewellery businesses in attendance were so impressed by the apprentices that they signed up to employ their own apprentices on the night, according to an official press release.

Chief executive officer of Holts Academy, Lee Lucas, said: “Thanks to the support of companies such as Domino, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Wardle and Sons, Charles Green, Thomas Fattorini, Gladman Norman and Hockley Mint we are delighted to be able to congratulate the young people who have now begun their careers in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.”

Holts Academy’s apprenticeship will now expand from September, offering employers the chance to take on an apprentice in a huge variety of subjects including:

• Jewellery Manufacture
• Design
• Silversmithing
• Polishing
• Enamelling
• Hand Engraving
• Setting
• Event management and promotion
• IT
• Marketing
• Fashion & Textiles
• Craft
• Customer Service
• Retail Jewellery
• Business Administration
• Social Media & Digital Marketing
• Creative Digital Media

Employers can make existing staff apprentices through the Academy to benefit from the free training or take on a new employee through the scheme. To find out more email