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Goldsmiths’ Centre opens applications for Foundation Programme

The Goldsmiths’ Centre has opened up applications for its Foundation Programme 2017/18, which begins on September 11, 2017.

Open to young people aged 16 to 19, the foundation course offers training to young people gaining a career in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades.

Based at its centre in Clerkenwell, London the full-time programme will equip ten students with the core skills to develop in the trade.

Lead by experienced master craftspeople, students are taught traditional skills alongside modern technology with subjects ranging from fine jewellery and engraving to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

In previous years, 82% of students gained work in the industry after completing the course, with 62% going on to train as Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentices.

Chris Oliver head of professional training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre said: “Our Foundation Programme students go through an intensive year of hands-on skills training with some of the leading names in the goldsmithing industry.

“Being part of a small intake, close friendships form over the year, which last well beyond the course and upon completion we, at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, continue to offer support and training throughout their apprenticeships.”

Sian Hughes, an alumni member of the Foundation Programme added: “I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to study at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Going straight into an apprenticeship would not have allowed me to learn such a broad range of skills while also being able to sample less well-known areas of the industry.”

The application deadline for the Foundation Programme closes on May 7, 2017. All applications will considered by a committee and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on June 1-2, 2017. The Foundation Programme is free to attend.

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