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Job Market Change: Apprenticeships are the new Educational Future

According to a new survey it was found that the UK is once again emerging as a hotbed for apprenticeships. Almost half (47%) of the respondents said they would accept an apprenticeship in their chosen field, given the opportunity.  In a job market where you can find opportunities on your Twitter feed and be formally interviewed via Skype, it’s little surprise that attitudes are changing as to how you gain employment. Working alongside universities, modern apprenticeships are making a mockery of the idea that academic progression and hands-on experience are mutually exclusive. Young people can learn on-the-job, whilst studying in

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Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

The Creative Fellowship scheme is an annual programme of residencies with The National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell. The scheme is intended to support the production of new creative work, in collaboration with researchers, responding to this fascinating site and engaging audiences in its history through creative means. About The Workhouse From its foundation, the workhouse system cared for those in need. It was a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a care home, a hospital, a school and a job centre; the Welfare State in embryonic form. Today we see the inheritance of this system all around us. The Project

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

Due to the retirement of a very experienced and valued member of our team we now have a position for a highly experienced and qualified jobbing jeweller or hand made mounter. The successful applicant will have completed a five year apprenticeship and have at least another five years experience as a working jeweller with references to support. The job will require working knowledge of all precious metals, ie, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Together with a comprehensive understanding of precious and semi precious stones and their characteristics from a working point of view.

Sales Assistant - Fitzgerald Jewellers - Canterbury, Kent

The role Jewellery Sales Assistant - Full Time Fitzgerald Jewellers Canterbury, Kent Fitzgerald Jewellers specialises in bespoke jewellery handmade in our Canterbury workshop. Alongside our bespoke offering, we stock unique jewellery and watch brands such as Alex Monroe and Mondaine. We like to think that the Fitzgerald’s experience is unlike any other jewellers in Kent. We are looking for a full time Sales Assistant to join our team at Fitzgerald Jewellers. We have a small but passionate team who love their job so every day is such a joy. This is a really exciting opportunity to join us as we

Diamond Mounter / Goldsmith, Robert's Fine Jewellery - Redhill, Surrey

The role Diamond Mounter / Goldsmith Robert's Fine Jewellery Redhill, Surrey Robert's Fine Jewellery is an independent Jewellers based in Redhill, Surrey specialising in bespoke hand-made jewellery and expert jewellery repairs. We are proud to have our very own onsite Jewellery workshop offering a bespoke service, same day and 1 hour priority jewellery repair service. About the Job Robert’s Fine Jewellery are seeking a hard working, experienced Diamond Mounter to work within a busy retail setting undertaking on site jewellery repairs, alterations, bespoke commissions and remodelling of clients’ jewellery. The ideal candidate for this position will be fully proficient and

Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time), Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time) Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   We are looking for a bright energetic Assistant Jewellery Showroom Manager to join our team in St Albans. You must have previous jewellery experience with a a proven sales track record, excellent communication skills and a personality is essential. Job Type Full or part time ,

Skilled Goldsmith / Mounter, Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Skilled Goldsmith / Mounter Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   Due to further expansion we need another skilled Goldsmith to join our team. CAD/Matrix experience a plus but not essential. Interesting and varied work in our spacious comfortable workshop in St Albans. Job Type Full-time, Permanent Salary Excellent Salary / remuneration package according to experience and skill level. To apply

Q&A: Jos Skeates

Jos Skeates a Goldsmith and the Co-Founder, along with wife Alison, of the leading, multi award winning, Central London jewellery boutique EC One the Jewellers. He is also the Chairman of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? JS: Jos Skeates, Goldsmith and owner of E.C.One the Jewellers.  How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? JS: Total chance. I was looking for a summer job when I was sixteen and saw an advert for an apprentice Diamond Mounter. I’ve never looked back.  How

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

The Benevolent Society were delighted to identify up to 50 of their hardest up and longest standing beneficiaries and to send to each of them this week a beautiful hamper full of goodies as a timely reminder that they have not been forgotten. The Society issued a statement which said: "With all of the talk of worldwide pandemic, economic disaster, job losses, the NHS being overwhelmed, it is important that we do not forget those that have gone before us and contributed so much to making our great industries what they are today." Simon Dawe the BenSoc Chairman said: “It

News Edit: 2 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put On Your Radar Marie Claire: While ethical fashion and jewellery were once pegged as 'having a moment', the reality is that now more so than ever consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their pieces are coming from. marieclaire.com.au The jewellery you've been buying in lockdown AFR: Los Angeles designer Irene Neuwirth has garnered a loyal following with her whimsical designs and COVID-19 has proven no barrier to sales. afr.com Jeweller to the stars lost job after head-on bike crash with Uber

Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It! Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community. Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills). The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011

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Delicate Delights for November Nights

If there ever was a time of year to go big, bold and all things beautiful, the season of sugar and spice and all things nice most definitely hits the mark! As invitations of Christmas nights of festive fun and mischief begin to flock your inbox, it's time to add a bejewelled touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm! As the winter nights grow colder and daylight hours go to bed far too early, it's our job to inject the sizzling heat and fire of festive finery with a treasure trove of flamboyant sparkle and delightfully delicate statement jewels, guaranteed

Cad / Design Intern, Pruden and Smith Ltd - Ditchling, East Sussex

The Role CAD / Design Intern  Pruden and Smith Ltd Ditchling, East Sussex (Nr Brighton) Paid 6 month Internship potential for ongoing employment We are looking for a Jewellery Designer to work 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) in the village of Ditchling near Brighton. This is an exciting chance to be a part of a fast growing and award winning jewellery business.  About the Job Daily tasks will include: In CAD: Modelling existing designs for the digital design library. In CAD: Modelling and costing existing designs with clients variations after or during client appointments. Conducting client consultations and

Sarah Millsop to join Create and Craft TV as Craft Ambassador

Create and Craft are proud to announce that jewellery expert Sarah Millsop has joined them to become a Craft Ambassador. Sarah joins other crafting experts including the ‘The Crafty Beggars’ Wendy Turner-Webster and Julie Peasgood, Mich Turner MBE,  Cassie Brown and Sarah Hurley. Sarah’s love and passion for jewellery making started 16 years ago as she took up jewellery demonstrating at her local craft store as weekend work whilst she studied at college. From there she began to teach Jewellery making courses at a local college and for the past 6 years has taken on the full time job of

Silent Protest - Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna

Silent Protest Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary. Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication, to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, in a single action. War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translate into interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.  The beliefs of many can be divided: those who have invented messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job

The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

The National Association of Jewellers has launched its  Jewellery Industry Sa lary and Benefits Survey 2017 which will be open until the 1 August .   The survey will be used to allow businesses to  benchmark themselves against the national wage average across industry. The questions include salary brackets, benefits and rewards across the wide range of job functions and craft skills associated with our sector. Only survey participants will have access to the detailed results where a ll individual responses will be confidential.   Understanding the current market r ates for salaries and wages is  vital as it will

Sarah Salmon

Meet Benchpeg's Trends Editor. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Sarah Salmon Trends Editor Sarah has a natural flair for creativity and design, and is our trends and blog guru. She manages Benchpeg's weekly  trends and fashion content . Her full time job is as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Educational Sector. Previously she worked as the Editorial and Digital Assistant at  Gem-A , where she worked on Gem-A's Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology publications as well as on

News Edit: 11 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My Favourite Pieces: Jacqueline Gestetner’s top five pieces from a lifetime of collecting FT: The woman behind the Jacqueline’s Choice events picks items including a stylish Emmeline necklace and a Barbara Crowe bangle bought in the Sixties. ft.com Art of the experimental: young Chinese jewellery designers to watch FT: Emerging talents are producing innovative, dynamically coloured high jewellery pieces. ft.com 'A year ago I was unhappy in my job, but now I've made £200,000 from jewellery' The Daily Mirror: A mum-of-two has managed to take her handmade jewellery