Jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades professional apprenticeship

Produce fine items made from precious metals and adorned with precious stones and other materials

British made jewellery and silverware have an international reputation and therefore the continued success of the sector will depend on maintaining a skilled, well-trained workforce. Items you work on could include a centrepiece for a boardroom table, wedding and engagement rings and individually made items. Key functions you’ll learn on the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades professional apprenticeship will include silversmithing, casting, stone setting, mounting, engraving, enamelling, polishing and finishing, CAD processes and lapidary, which is the selecting, cutting and polishing of precious and semi-precious stone, with an initial focus on either jewellery, silversmithing or an allied trade. You’ll understand the end-to-end process of how items are produced and the manufacturing process required to create a final product. You’ll work efficiently and accurately to the product specifications and customer requirements, using both hand and machine skills.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, DT

Entry requirements for the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades professional apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000

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