Event will also recognise support of firms in the Jewellery Quarter.

Holts Academy will celebrate the success of 14 apprentices recruited by firms in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter with a special event on May 14.

The Academy will use the evening event to praise the apprentices and champion the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter businesses that have supported its pilot apprenticeship scheme in the city. The event will be held at 6pm on May 14 at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.


The evening will also offer local employers a chance to network and find out how apprentices can benefit jewellery businesses, as well as how to employ an apprentice.

Guest speakers on the night will be Fiona Toye of Toye Kenning & Spencer and Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, who will share their experiences of employing an apprentice. The evening will also feature a brief ceremony for the apprentices employed in the JQ, as well as showcase of some of their work.

Lee Lucas, chief executive and principle of Holts Academy said: "The Birmingham Apprenticeship Pilot launched in spring 2013 has been a huge success with companies such as Domino, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Wardle and Sons, Charles Green, Thomas Fattorini, Gladman Norman and Hockley Mint employing apprentices for the first time in more than a generation. This event will celebrate these businesses and the talented young people that have completed their first year of their apprenticeship, as well as provide inspiration to other businesses and young people.”

Fiona Toye, managing director of Toye Kenning & Spencer, employs apprentices herself and has been spearheading the scheme. She said: “Birmingham has always produced clever people and we need a scheme like this to re-ignite the interest of the area’s young people in the trade. This is good for young people and rejuvenates the Jewellery Quarter.”

The Holts Academy apprenticeship offering has expanded and from September 2014 it will offer 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

Current Birmingham apprentice David Grant said: “I am happy to say I have found my dream job and a job that I am happy with every day no matter what the weather or what time I have to be up because it is worth it. I want to push myself harder to learn and improve my own skills so that someday I might be able to give someone else the chance that could change their life as much as this has changed mine.”

At present, Holts Academy is the lead provider of apprenticeships to the jewellery industry, with more than 150 apprentices currently working in the sector.

Lucas adds: "We take care of everything and erase the bureaucracy and administration for employers and can even support their application for a grant up to £1,500 per apprentice.”

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