Skills and Training

Whether it is starting out on an apprenticeship, working to create a specialist pathway, on-going professional development leading vocational training or simply exploring a passion there are some of the UK’s leading academies on the doorstep of Hatton Garden.


Embarking on social enterprise in active expression of its commitment to the community, Holts has been offering the public and trade training in vital skills for over a decade now. Holts Academy has emerged at the forefront of jewellery education, having originally started out with small-scale delivery of short courses and government-funded projects. Later, in 2007, a passionate belief in the future of the jewellery industry led Holts Academy to pioneer jewellery-related qualifications, giving the industry its first jewellery graduates in a generation. The Academy is a not-for-profit social enterprise with the mission to support the jewellery industry, whether that means facilitating on-going professional development or helping the future generation of jewellers to enter the trade for the first time.

A specialist facility in the truest sense of the word, the academy caters for only a select number of clients each year. Concentrating on areas it knows and loves, the Academy is still of a size enabling the provision of genuine flexibility and a personal service, its staff being more than delighted to help learners choose the right subject, content and pathway for them as individuals.

Well ahead of the current boom for the new jewellery qualifications and apprenticeships, Holts Academy of Jewellery proved the market and mastered the model. Whether you embark on an introductory short course, or one of the Academy’s prestigious qualification programmes, you can rest assured that your tutors have been carefully selected for their knowledge and passion for passing on their skills and ultimately, for sharing the ethos of the Academy.

Find out more about Holts by visiting their website

The Goldsmiths centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre started life in 2007, when the Goldsmiths’ Company decided to create a hub where trainee and professional jewellers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and anyone interested in goldsmithing could learn, meet and work in one community.

It was developed in direct response to the decline of vocational training opportunities within the jewellery trade and the difficulties experienced by people keen to join the industry after Higher Education.

The Goldsmiths’ Company partnered with the City Fringe Partnership and the former London Development Agency to bring its dreams to life in a state of the art, multi-functional centre in the heart of Clerkenwell’s creative quarter.

An existing Grade II Listed Victorian London Board School was restored to accommodate professional training space, offices, meeting space and a café, and a new, four-storey building was constructed on the same site to house workshops, subsidised starter studios and stunning rooms for event, conference and meeting hire. A glass atrium joins the two unique buildings to create an award-winning architectural space.

Opened by HRH Princess Alexandra, in April 2012, the centre is the place to come for anyone with an interest in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied crafts; in nurturing the crafts people of the future; and in creating a sustainable creative economy in the UK.

Find out more about Goldsmiths by visiting their website