The Goldsmiths’ Company has been supporting apprenticeships since its foundation in the 14th century through The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and its membership.

Today we are proud to continue through The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, which is managed by The Goldsmiths’ Centre and funded by The Goldsmiths’ Company, and offers young people aged 16 to 24 the opportunity to start a career working with precious metals.

As a Freeman or Liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and a goldsmith, silversmith, jeweller or craftsman in one of the allied trades, members are key in employing young people to learn first-hand about the craft in their professional workshop. Apprentices sign volume twelve of the Apprentice Registers when bound to their Master and start on full-time employment, which can take up to five years. On completing their apprenticeship, they are made Free of The Goldsmiths’ Company and qualify with a City & Guilds Professional Recognition Award (Level 4 equivalent) via The Goldsmiths’ Centre, which reflects the quality of their commitment and the training received from their Master.

Ben is an Apprentice Diamond Mounter at Dominic Walmsley and is on The Goldsmiths' Company Apprenticeship Scheme. Hear from Ben, who completed a year on the Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, as to what makes The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and working in the industry so remarkable.
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Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Goldsmiths’ Centre is the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths and a unique community for design, creativity and craftsmanship.

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The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.