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Harriet Kelsall apprentice in final of World Skills UK competition

An apprentice working at bespoke jeweller Harriet Kelsall is through to the final of the Fine Jewellery Making category at the World Skills UK competition. 

Will Lander, 23, is currently 18 months into a five-year apprenticeship at the Hertfordshire based jewellers.

After impressing at the initial stages, Lander will now go on to compete for a bronze, silver or gold medal in front of 80,000 visitors at Birmingham’s NEC on November 13 to November 15.

Harriet Kelsall, managing director, said: “Handmaking skills are at the heart of what we do. Such a high level of expertise is needed to deliver the level of creativity our customers specifically seek us out for. They often need an idea to be conveyed in such a specific way that handmade techniques are the only way to achieve that.

“We have a real need to pass on authentic traditional handcrafting skills to the next generation. It’s a combination of tradition and modernity as we might use computer aided design as a tool but the real skill lies in the hand crafting.”

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