Former Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice James Handyside received the Goldsmiths’ Company Members’ Charitable Fund Young Apprentice of the Year Award from HRH The Princess Royal.

The prestigious award, scooped by the former Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice, recognises excellence in vocational skills and career progression.

The award was presented by the HRH The Princess Royal and the prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE, who joined the company last month.


The prime warden congratulated Handyside at the presentation as part of the Prince Philip Medal Awards Ceremony at St James’s Palace.

Handyside comments on the award: “Winning the Young Apprentice of the Year Award is absolutely brilliant. My time at R.H. Wilkins proved to be a great learning experience and the support I got from the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice Scheme – via the Goldsmiths’ Centre – was second to none.

“More recently, I completed an exciting Churchill Fellowship in Japan which focused on craftsmanship techniques in metal and stone, and my jewellery is now stocked at Dover Street Market under the brand name Castro. It goes to show that apprenticeships can really widen your horizons and lead to promising careers,”

Handyside undertook a three year apprenticeship with leading Hatton Garden engravers R.H. Wilkins where he was trained by master engraver, Emmet Smith from 2013 to learn the specialism of hand engraving.

Handyside was taught about tool preparation, plaque cutting, polishing, intaglio, surface and seal engraving before completing his apprenticeship in 2016.