Academy also changes name as it looks to future expansion.

Holts Academy this week held its first ever Academy Awards at the Guildhall in London, celebrating the achievements of current students, tutors and its graduates.

The event attracted more than 500 guests, filling the space at the Guildhall where, alongside diplomas awarded to current students, 11 prizes were given to stand-out Holts Academy students.


The awards were supported by headline sponsor Brown & Newirth, with support from Cookson Gold, Boodles, Presman Mastermelt, TH March, JD Law, SQA and CC Skills with Professional Jeweller as media partner.

Holts Academy revealed on the night that it is set to change its name to the Academy for Creative Enterprise. The change will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks.

Lee Lucas, principal at the Academy said of the name change: “The Academy has come of age – we are no longer the same company, either in scope or scale. It is time for the Academy to make a statement of intent and for our name to reflect that – a name that isn’t about where we have come from, but where we are going – a name that isn’t about who we have been but who we are.

"Along with this new name and our new curriculum we aim to bring about the same positive impact for the wider creative sectors as we have done for the jewellery industry thus far. With 35 qualifications available form September including traineeships, apprenticeships, Diplomas and a HNC, the Academy aims to offer something for everyone – destination lead learning matched to the aspirations of students and the needs of employers”.

Speeches on the night were made by Lucas, Jason Holt, chief executive of the Holts Group of companies and Brown & Newirth sales director John Ball.

Holts said the annual event is set to become a staple of the jewellery calendar, and will highlight new talent in the jewellery and creative fields as well as becoming a platform for jewellers, students and industry professionals to network and hear the latest from London’s leading jewellery academy.

Holts Academy Awards Winners 2012

Best Level 2 Student
Prize: £200 credit for Jewellery Innovations
Winner: George Klarmann

Best Level 3 Student
Prize: Professional jewellers bench worth £650
Winner: Emma Habbeshon
Awarded by: Walsh

Best Level 4 Student
Prize: Free stand at Treasure 2014 and additional exposure at 2013 woth £1,000
Winner: Sharon Crisman
Awarded By: Treasure

Best Design Student
Prize: One week’s work experience in our CAD department plus a voucher for £200 worth of rapid prototyping plus a cash prize of £50
Winner: Richard Burton
Awarded by: Weston Beamor

Best Finished Piece 2013
Prize: £100 cash prize, 25 hours of mentoring and support to develop a collection to launch in January In store from April 2014
Winner: Daniel Trevor
Awarded By: F.Hinds

Apprentice of the Year 2013
Prize: Pendant motor
Winner: Sam Flanders, working at Goldmark UK
Awarded By: Rashbel UK

Best CAD/CAM Student
Prize: Two runners up scooped a free copy of Matrix. Winner took home a copy of Matrix and a masterclass at the Academy worth £1,500
Winner: Sebastian Pinter
Runners up: Jude Huntley and Richard Burton
Awarded by: Gemvision

Best Finished Piece
Prize: £200 store credit
Winner: Rebekah Spencer
Awarded by: Holts Lapidary

One to Watch 2013
Prize: One to Watch 20 hours internship at Astley Clarke
Winner: Clarice Price-Thomas
Awarded by: Astley Clarke

Apprentice Employer of the Year 2013
Winner: Toye, Kenning and Spencer 

School Group Student of the year 2013
Prize: £250 Cash Prize
Winner: Peter Kasozi of Chestnut Grove