Monday 20 June, 2016
Apprentice Benjamin Pritchard receives award from HRH The Princess Royal
Earlier this month, HRH The Princess Royal officially presented the latest Goldsmiths’ Company Members’ Charitable Fund Young Apprentice of the Year Award to former Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice, Benjamin Pritchard, at the Prince Philip Medal Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. HRH The Princess Royal was joined by Prime Warden Michael Wainwright for the presentation of this special medal, which recognises excellence in vocational skills and career progression.
The medal, designed by 18 year old Maisie Sale, a trainee on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation Programme, depicts the leopard head of the Livery Company’s coat of arms. It was made and sponsored in part by Thomas Fattorini Ltd. along with the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Members’ Charitable Fund, which supports young craftspeople starting their career in goldsmithing.
Benjamin completed a five year apprenticeship as a diamond mounter at Emson Haig and represented the UK at the world’s biggest vocational education and skills excellence event, WorldSkills São Paolo 2015, where he received a Medal of Excellence in Jewellery Making. He has continued to be an Ambassador for WorldSkills and the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice Scheme, which supports over 30 young people in the trade.
Benjamin commented: “I am thrilled to have received the Young Apprentice of the Year Award. It recognises the support that I have received from my Master and the Goldsmiths’ Centre through the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice Scheme, and I hope that I can inspire the next generation of the UK’s workforce and showcase how apprenticeships and training can lead to successful employment opportunities.”