The joint venture will launch a new centre of apprenticeships, learning and development from AOB’s new Moreton Street premises. Holts Academy will take residency in a purpose-built section of the new building, next door to the recently announced partnership with Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.
The Holts team will provide local apprenticeship training tailored to the UK trade. The educational space will provide an excellent learning resource for students, those seeking further personal development and young people looking for career prospects.
Presently, AOB is putting the final touches to tailor-made classrooms and workspaces for Holts Academy, with the London-founded organisation set to move in after Christmas.
Stella Layton, said: “This next strategic step for us is key to our continuous improvement strategy, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to support the industry and develop our Academy proposition. I am delighted to welcome Jason, Jaine and the Holts team to our new facility, and look forward to working with them closely and helping them to develop this exciting proposition. As they support their Midlands and the North customer base from our location.”
Holts Academy aims to both meet and anticipate the needs for Further Education and Higher Education levels of training through its work with AOB.
Its development of a National Skills Academy for the Midlands within the Jewellery Quarter will soon be equal to the facilities provided by Holts Academy in London, which has already established itself as a leading provider of jewellery apprenticeships for retail, manufacture and design.