Level 3 Apprenticeship in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades Professional

Apprenticeships give motivated and talented individuals a great start in their career of choice. The new Apprenticeship Standard for Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Allied Trades Professionals also offers many benefits to employers and is designed to help subsidise training much-needed staff in businesses across the UK.

Course overview

The course runs for two years and training mainly takes place in the BAJ workshop, with some online sessions. After completing the Level 3 Jewellery Fundamentals programme in year 1, Apprentices will learn specialist jewellery-making skills to deepen their understanding of the craft during year 2 while continuing to work for their employer. 

Over the final four months of the apprenticeship, an assessment will be carried out to confirm that the Apprentice has attained the core knowledge, skills, and behaviour of both the apprenticeship and their specialist pathway to ensure they complete the programme ready to excel in their jewellery career.

Business requirements

BAJ can advise employers on eligibility for the programme. Please contact our recruitment team for assistance.

What does the Apprenticeship look like?

The BAJ Apprenticeship model is expected to take 2 years to complete.

Initial training period: 2 days weekly at BAJ, 3 days with employer. September to July – Apprentices attend training at BAJ for two days per week to develop core skills, knowledge and behaviour as required by the Standard.

Specialist skills training: 2 – 3 days per month at BAJ remaining time with the employer. Apprentices attend masterclasses to develop skills relevant to the Apprenticeship pathways and develop a portfolio of evidence.

Endpoint Assessment: Approximately 4 months – completed in the workplace

Funding & Cost

Where an Apprentice is aged 16 – 18 (or 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority) and the business employs less than 50 persons, the Apprenticeship training is fully funded by the Government.

If the Apprentice is 19+ or the business has 50 or more employees, the business pays 5% towards the training costs at an expected cost of £800. 

Levy employers will pay the full £16,000 training costs from their levy fund. 

Apprentices must be paid the Apprenticeship wage (as a minimum) in the first year and the national minimum wage thereafter.

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Learn fully funded foundational jewellery manufacturing techniques in the BAJ workshop as you work in the jewellery industry and earn an income.

BAJ Apprentices learn core manufacture, design, theory, and 2D CAD skills to give them a strong understanding of the entire jewellery-making process before they specialise and follow their own professional pathway. The apprenticeship is ideal for someone keen to study as they earn and are passionate about beginning a career in the jewellery industry and allied trades.

Course overview

The course runs for two years and training mainly takes place in the BAJ workshop, with some online sessions. After completing the Level 3 Jewellery Fundamentals programme in year 1, Apprentices will learn specialist jewellery-making skills to deepen their understanding of the craft during year 2 while continuing to work for their employer. 

 

Over the final four months of the apprenticeship, an assessment will be carried out to confirm that the Apprentice has attained the core knowledge, skills, and behaviour of both the apprenticeship and their specialist pathway to ensure they complete the programme ready to excel in their jewellery career.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge or skills are required to take the course but some prior jewellery knowledge may be advantageous. This course is suitable for those without a previous qualification in jewellery at a level 3 or higher.

 Applicants must find an employer, who will employ them as an Apprentice and provide them with a minimum of 30 hours of employment per week. 

If Apprentices do not have Functional Skills L2 or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English, they must complete them during the course.

BAJ will carry out an initial assessment of Apprentices’ existing skills, knowledge and behaviours prior to enrollment.

Fees & funding

No cost to the Apprentice. 

For more information about cost for the employer, please click here.

Apprentices will be paid by their employer the Apprenticeship wage (as a minimum) in the first year and the national minimum wage thereafter.

Apprenticeship specialism options

CAD/CAM processes

Casting

Enamelling

Engraving

Mounting

Polishing/finishing

Silversmithing

Stone setting

Lapidary

Learn more about the jewellery apprentice standards here

“My course at BAJ has allowed me to secure a job in a great business who are willing to support me into the future way past my apprenticeship”
Amy
Apprenticeship student

Careers and progression

BAJ Apprentices will go on to work for their apprenticeship employer. By gaining practical skills and workplace experience, progressing apprentices will have a fully stocked toolkit with which to begin their careers in the industry.

In line with the Customer Act, we reserve the right to close a course
– if there are insufficient student numbers to make the course financially viable.

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