As part of National Apprenticeship Week last week, Retail Jeweller chatted to bench jeweller Zainab Khan, who is on an apprentice scheme at EW Adams in central London.
Q: How did you get the apprenticeship at EW Adams?
A: I was with the British Academy of Jewellery on their apprenticeship scheme after having completed a Level 2 Jewellery Manufacture and Design Diploma, they notified me of the job opportunity and put me through for an interview. Then I went for a trial day and was offered the position.
Q:What does your apprenticeship involve?
A: As I’m training to be a bench jeweller, my apprenticeship involves me learning most aspects of the manufacturing process, from cleaning castings and assembling to lasering and polishing.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: The great thing about my workplace is that due to the diverse nature of the jewellery we make, I work on different projects day to day, some of the jobs that come up on a regular basis for me involve cleaning castings, assembling jewellery, sizing and skimming rings and pulling down wire for loops and jump rings. I also take part in side projects that teach me certain techniques, things like rex collets and signet rings etc.
Q: What is the best thing about working at EW Adams?
A: The best thing would probably be how approachable everyone is. My mentors are all highly experienced and are always forthcoming with advice and help, and as they all specialise in different areas of jewellery manufacture, I have a wealth of knowledge to learn from.
Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship?
A: I would highly recommend an apprenticeship for people who have a clear vision of what they want as a career path and want to get started from the ground up. It is hard work but you are learning from professionals in their respective fields and will get a lot of support along the way.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: I would like to continue learning as much as I can for now and have the chance to practice and perfect the new skills I’m picking up.