The Goldsmiths' Centre

The role

The Goldsmiths' full-time Foundation Programme provides you and other young people with the core skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied industries.

As part of a small group of ten, you will spend a full year being taught by the UK’s leading craftspeople in modern and fully-equipped workshops at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

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 & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Craft Skills.


What will you 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.

About the employer

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. They bring together emerging and established goldsmiths with those interested in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied industries.

Person specification

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

Essential requirements

2018 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 9 September 2019 and be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time.

Desirable requirements

Grades 4-9/A-C in Mathematics, English and ICT are a bonus as well as work experience in a jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries related workshop.

How to apply

Applications for the Foundation Programme 2019/20 are accepted all year until Sun 5 May 2019. To read the full programme guide and to apply, visit the Goldsmiths website at

If you have any queries, email the Goldsmiths team at for more information.