Start a gem of career in jewellery design and manufacturing with the UK’s leading training provider in the industry.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is working with the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) to offer diploma courses to work in the jewellery business.
A report by market intelligence provider Key Note on the UK jewellery and watch industry revealed a 10.2% growth between 2009 and 2013 with the market worth more than £5 billion.
BAJ, formerly Holts Academy has been providing courses since 1999, during which time it has trained more than 10,000 individuals, 74% of whom are now working in the sector.
Starting salaries for jewellery designers are around £16,000 with more experienced designers able to earn anywhere between £20,000 and £50,000 a year.
The courses range from Level 2 to Level 4 with the first students starting their studies in August 2016 and further courses planned to start in September.
Sofie Boons: Head of Teaching and Learning at BAJ, said: “Our courses with CONEL provide high quality Jewellery manufacturing training to learners across London.
“They are taught in professional quality bench studios, computer-aided design suites and design studios in the heart of London’s ancient jewellery quarter – Hatton Garden. We keep our class sizes small so that students get one to one tuition from our jewellery experts.”
The Level 2 Jewellery Manufacturing and Design Diploma, combines the SQA Diploma Level 2 in Jewellery Manufacture with a City & Guilds 2D Certificate in Design, and provides students with the technical skills for making a designing, professional quality jewellery for a career in the trade.
The Level 3 course equips students with more advanced technical skills to give students high-level craft, design and rendering skills and knowledge to create professional quality pieces, while the Level 4 course sees students design their own collections with mentoring from master goldsmiths.
Marcia Summers, Director of Technical Industries and Skills for Life at CONEL, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BAJ to deliver these programmes to learners who wish to follow this field of study, and very much look forward to building the provision even further during 2017/18 and beyond.”