On 17th and 18th April 2015, London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall will host the UK’s biggest careers event for students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural ‘Make your Mark’ which attracted 800 students from across the British Isles, the event will now be extended over two days and will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities.
Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course.
Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event will provide a packed programme of inspiring talks from leading figures in the trade, live demos, ‘new designer-maker’ exhibition, careers advice and much more besides.
Organisers are delighted to announce that Theo Fennell, one of Britain’s leading jewellery designers, and Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of Boodles will be giving the keynote speeches, underlining their commitment to nurturing talent and the future of a great British trade.
Other key elements of the event will include:
- A careers zone featuring recruitment agencies, social media experts, and design protection services.
- Numerous trade exhibitors, including key suppliers and trade organisations.
- Displays of diamond cutting, pearl stringing, enamelling, hand engraving and hand marking.
- A spectacular exhibition of work from students and residents of the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
- A tour of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s renowned library.
As part of the event, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is offering all students attending an exclusive Hallmarking Package for free. This unrivalled package comprises of a ten year registration, one sponsor’s punch (featuring one of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s standard designs) and laser software set-up in preparation for laser hallmarking.
Experts from the Goldsmiths’ Company, Assay Office, and Goldsmiths’ Centre will also be on hand to offer friendly advice on hallmarking, internships, grants, and training opportunities. The event has already attracted huge interest. Interested course convenors should RSVP as soon as possible and not later than Friday 3 April by email () or Tel. 020 7606 8971.
Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, commented: “Last year’s Make Your Mark was a bold experiment which proved a huge success and proved that there is huge demand for advice and inspiration among students wanting to set out on careers in precious metals. This year we hope to give students and their tutors an even more rewarding experience. We have brought together an extraordinary group of partners who want to share their expertise and passionately support the UK’s jewellery making, silverware, and precious metal trades.”