The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London has opened applications for its fully-funded year-long skills training programme for future jewellers and silversmiths, aged 16 to 19.
For the sixth year running, the programme offers young people in London and the South East the opportunity to receive expert training from some of the UK’s leading craftspeople.
Chris Oliver, head of professional training at the Goldsmiths’, said: “Our Foundation Programme students go through an intensive year of training with some of the leading names in the goldsmithing industry.”
With over 80% of trainees progressing into employment within the industry and the majority of these securing apprenticeships, the Foundation Programme demonstrates in-depth training in craft skills alongside the use of digital technologies, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Its alumni have gone on to receive industry recognition in more than 35 UK and international competitions, including the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards and WorldSkills UK.
Jordan Kippax, a 2017 Foundation Programme graduate, and current diamond mounting apprentice at Theo Fennell Ltd, explains: “I’ve always been arty, and I paint in my free time, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise.
“So, when the time came to leave school one of teachers asked me what I wanted to do, and I said that I had always loved jewellery. It turns out my teacher had a friend who knew of the Goldsmiths’ Centre and they recommended the Foundation Programme to me.”
Applications for the Foundation Programme 2019/20 close on 5 May 2019.