Holts Academy preps for tonight’s Academy Awards


Educational centre also toasts new site and 15th anniversary.

Holts Academy will tonight raise a glass to 2014 graduates at its annual Academy Awards, alongside its 15th anniversary and the launch of its alumni programme and new website.

The multiple celebrations will kick off at Gibson Hall in London tonight, welcoming past and present students to celebrate the 15-year milestone, along side this year’s graduates.

The educational centre, based in Hatton Garden, will welcome the Minister for Skills and Equality, Nick Boles MP, to give key note speech to 400 industry guests and students.

The 2014 awards will also be the first where the Academy Awards sponsors present named prizes to students.

This year’s awards include:
The Gemvision Matrix UK Best CAD Design Award
Best Traditional Design
Best Finished Piece
SQA Apprentice of the Year Award
Employer of the Year Award
The Goldsmiths’ Company One to Watch Award
Cooksongold Alumni of the Year Award
Brown & Newirth Student of the Year Award
Brown & Newirth Live Project Winner
Employee Trainer of the Year Award
Tutor of the Year Award

Tonight’s awards showcase will also mark the launch of the Holts Academy Alumni Programme, with a panel of speakers ready to share their experiences to help Holts Alumni as they begin their careers in the jewellery industry. The line-up of experts will include the British Jewellers’ Association’s Lindsey Straughton, Nathan Morse of Hannah Martin Ltd, Yasha Estraikh of Piper Private Equity, and jewellery designers Tina Lilienthal, Richard Burton and Rosie Sanders,

Holts Academy director Jason Holt said: "Our 15th anniversary is a significant landmark for Holts Academy. We are celebrating our achievements and those of our students, and have produced a 15 Year Report which we will be handing out to our guests, outlining the huge impact we have had on the jewellery industry and the lives of the thousands of students who have been on our courses. Simultaneously we are launching our Alumni Programme and our new website. I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our students and the team at Holts Academy.”

Holts Academy will also unveil its new look website during the evening, designed to make searching for and booking onto its jewellery courses and industry diplomas easier.

The 2014 Holts Academy Awards are also supported by City and Guilds, Pressman Mastermelt and TH March.


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