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Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme - 2018 applications open

A free, full-time Foundation Programme provides young people with the core skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied industries.

Are you aged 16 to 19? Do you love working with your hands? Get the best skills, tools, training and confidence to start your career as a goldsmith on our Foundation Programme.

What will I learn?
You will be taught traditional techniques, such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting; alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design (CAD). The course is workshop based and covers: 

  • Fine Jewellery 
  • Setting 
  • Enamelling 
  • Silversmithing 
  • Engraving 
  • Polishing and finishing techniques
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) 
  • Design and drawing skills

You will also get hands-on experience with a professional company.

Who will be teaching me?
A group of tutors, who are all specialists in their fields and represent a broad range of skills from across the industry, will teach you and your year.

Why should I apply?
If you’re passionate about craft, then the Foundation Programme will help you to develop your creativity, skills and build your confidence. 

The UK jewellery industry employs over 55,000 people and there are over 16,000 jewellery industry related businesses in the UK. You will graduate with the hand skills, which could enable you to become an apprentice – perhaps through The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme – or go on to a job, or further or higher education course.  

You may also gain the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing, additional units in Employability Skills and the City & Guild Level 3 Diploma in Craft Skills.


Facts & Figures:

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, a charity in Clerkenwell, supports the professional training and development of those working in the jewellery, silversmithing and precious metal industries. Since 2012, our Foundation Programme has provided 10 young people each year with the core skills to begin a career in the field. The Foundation Programme is unique in the UK. Its combination of real world experience combined with world class tutors and small group sizes, means that the trainees make huge progress in a relatively short period of time. Onward pathways are into apprenticeships, on to university, or directly into work. To date, over 82% of the students progress onto further training and employment in the industry. In fact, the current and past trainees have been award winners in more than 35 UK and international competitions, including the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards, WorldSkills UK, and Retail Jewellers’ 30 Under 30, among others. The first group of trainees from the 2012 intake are now completing their onward apprenticeship training at various businesses in the UK, and this cohort are being granted the Freedom of the City of London over the remainder of this year.


Foundation Programme application information:

• Applications close on: Sunday 6 May 2018

• Interviews take place on: Thursday 30 and Friday 1 June 2018, 10am-4pm

• Cost: Free

• To apply, download the "Foundation Programme Application Form" here.

• 2018 applicants should be aged 16-19 on 10 September 2018, and be able to attend full-time, during term time.

• GCSE Grades 4-9/A-C in Mathematics, English and ICT are an advantage, and work experience in a jewellery, silversmithing or related workshop or business is desirable.


You can find out more about the Foundation Programme here.

Published: Wed, 11/04/2018 - 14:05

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