The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has been named by the government’s apprenticeships scheme as an ‘Apprenticeship Trailblazer’ for the craft sector.
The announcement was made during the start of National Apprenticeship Week which began on March 3. The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Programme currently enables individuals to train as hallmarkers in its Assay Office in the City of London, and is managed by the adjoining Goldsmiths’ Centre.
Government apprenticeship officials invited the Assay Office to help develop new forms and standards for craft apprenticeships that reflect employers’ needs. The ‘Trailblazer’ group will draw up an apprenticeship framework that can be applied to a wide range of craft apprenticeships – hallmarking among them – which are not currently recognised and approved by government.
Dr Robert Organ, head of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, said: “This is the first time that we have had the opportunity to engage with Government Apprenticeships and we look forward to contributing to this project.”
Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, said: “The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Programme is at the cutting-edge of training in the sector and we have a great deal of knowledge and experience to offer, both within and beyond our trade.”