Holts Academy of Jewellery has formed a partnership with the Prince’s Trust to create the “Get into Jewellery Programme”. It has been set in place to give unemployed 16-19 year olds a chance to learn some basic jewellery making skills before committing to a full course and concluded with 10 of the 12 students on the week long course starting their exciting new pathway into the world of jewellery design and manufacture.

The week-long “Get into Jewellery Programme” gave students the opportunity to learn a little more about the art of jewellery making, with hands on practical experience in both making and design while developing their individual understanding of the jewellery industry as a whole, allowing them to make an educated choice as to whether the jewellery industry is the right career path for them.

The 10 students selected to carry on for a further 4 weeks will now study towards a recognised qualification in jewellery making where they will further develop and hone their skills at the bench.

Lee Lucas, Principal at The Holts Academy of Jewellery commented on the programme saying  “The values of The Princes Trust and those of the Academy are very much aligned – inspiring a generation… recognising that today’s students are tomorrows workforce, this partnership has done just that –it has inspired a group of young people to explore a career in the UK jewellery trade. By joining 300 other people who have studied on the Academy's industry certified qualifications and Apprenticeships this year alone, these young people will be nurtured and educated to fulfil their potential. We hope that many will progress on to an apprenticeship this autumn.”

If you would like to learn more about apprenticeships at Holts, then please click here.

Holts Academy was the first jewellery training provider in the country to develop the qualifications that have helped rejuvenate one of Britain’s oldest design and manufacture trades. With a reputation for excellence in the industry, Holts currently offer GoJD Gold Members 15% discount on any Short Course or Master Class.

The courses for 2012-2013 are now available to book at Holts Academy, with classes for all abilities and disciplines. There are over fifty short courses available, from bead stringing and jewellery design, to CAD, traditional bench courses and gemstone studies. Click here for a complete overview of courses at Holts Academy.

***Holts next Level 2 Qualification course for Jewellery Manufacture will run from 10 September 2012 until 29 January 2013 - details here*** 



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