Another First For The School Of Jewellery

UCE’s School of Jewellery, has added another first to its long lists of achievements. The School’s work based learning programme, which involves people employed in the trade working towards NVQ Levels 2 and 3 has achieved a number of firsts since its conception in 1997.

The School was the first in the country to have trainees achieve a NVQ Level 2 in Manufacture Jewellery and Related Products; the first to sign up learners onto the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme, and we can now proudly claim to have the first Advanced Modern Apprentice gain the full Key Skills element of this programme.

Matthew Brayne, an employee of J. A. Main, Jewellery Manufactures, Oldbury started on the Advanced Modern Apprentice programme in 2000. He achieved his NVQ Level 2 in 2001, and now has gained Key Skill qualifications in Communication (level 3) Application of Number (level 2), and Information Technology (level 2). He is well on track to complete his NVQ level 3 by early next year.

Margaret Beckett, Works Director of J. A. Main commented, “I am delighted how Matthew has progressed within the company, the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme works well within our company because it is a work based qualification and I would strongly recommend it to other companies.”

Rose Allinson (Programme Manager) stated, “Matthew’s commitment and hard work over the years has made him a much valued asset to his company. We are delighted that the School of Jewellery has played an important part in his, and other young peoples’ training, that will be the future of the Jewellery Industry in the West Midlands.”

“For the past five years we have provided Training and Assessment for NVQs’ and we were the first centre in the UK to achieve trainee success in Level 2.”

The success of Matthew is a further demonstration how effective Modern Training Schemes are today. We still have the capacity to recruit more trainees at a number of levels including the new Graduate Apprenticeship in Jewellery. This is being run at the School of Jewellery for Graduates to enhance their skills by undertaking training with companies.

For further information on all the above programmes contact Rose Allinson on 0121 331 5940.

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