Sunday, May 26, 2024

Holts Academy to Celebrate the Success of Birmingham Apprentices

Holts Academy announces it is hosting an event to celebrate the success of 14 apprentices recruited through the Holts Birmingham Apprenticeship Pilot Scheme and to champion the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter business support for apprenticeships. The event will be held on May 14th at 6pm at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

A chance for local employers to network and find out how apprentices really do benefit jewellery businesses and how simple it is to employ an apprentice – employers will meet Fiona Toye of Toye Kenning & Spencer and Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint who will be speaking about their experience of employing an apprentice. There will be a very brief ceremony for the apprentices who will also be showcasing some of their work.

Lee Lucas, CEO & Principal of Holts Academy says; “The Birmingham Apprenticeship Pilot launched in spring 2013 has been a huge success with companies such as Domino, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Wardle and Sons, Charles Green, Thomas Fattorini, Gladman Norman and Hockley Mint employing apprentices for the first time in more than a generation. This event will celebrate these businesses and the talented young people that have completed their first year of their apprenticeship, as well as provide inspiration to other businesses and young people.”

Fiona Toye, Managing Director of Toye Kenning & Spencer, employs apprentices herself and has been spearheading the scheme tells us “Birmingham has always produced clever people and we need a scheme like this to re-ignite the interest of the area’s young people in the trade. This is good for young people and rejuvenates the Jewellery Quarter”

Birmingham apprentice David Grant says, “I am happy to say I have found my dream job and a job that I am happy with every day no matter what the weather or what time I have to be up because it is worth it. I want to push myself harder to learn and improve my own skills so that someday I might be able to give someone else the chance that could change their life as much as this has changed mine.”

The Academy Apprenticeship offering has expanded and from September offers employers the chance to take on an Apprentice in a huge variety of subjects including:

  • Jewellery Manufacture
  • Design
  • Silversmithing
  • Polishing
  • Enamelling
  • Hand Engraving
  • Setting
  • Event management and promotion
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Craft
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Jewellery
  • Business Administration
  • Social Media & Digital Marketing
  • Creative Digital Media

“We’re helping the Government to support young people into employment, thanks to the Apprenticeship scheme,” Lee Lucas explains. “As the single provider of Apprenticeships to the Industry we have over 150 Apprentices currently working in the sector. We take care of everything and erase the bureaucracy and administration for employers and can even support their application for a grant up to £1,500 per apprentice.”

Employers can make existing staff Apprentices through the Academy to benefit from the free training or take on new staff members through the scheme. For more information on the Birmingham Awards and to book your place please visit or to find out more about taking an Apprentice call the Academy on 020 7405 0197 ext. 374. END


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