The Alkemistry, an independent fine jeweller, has launched an apprentice training scheme for female jewellery designers.
The year-long programme will provide apprentices with both practical skills and personal development to kick start their career in jewellery design.
Three female employees have been selected for the scheme, which is intended to break down what is “typically a male-dominated industry”.
Throughout the year, The Alkemistry is looking to expose the trainees to a range of practices, including piercing, computer aided design, the gemmology institute of America, casting, polishing, and plating.
Moreover, wider skills such as public speaking, communication skills, and mental health management will also be approached on the programme.
Kirsty Gibbs, founder of the company, said: “It is a difficult industry for women to get into, whichlimit innovation or development of female manufacturing capabilities.
“With this in mind, The Alkemistry have taken matters into their own hands and created an apprenticeship scheme to help young women gain a deeper knowledge of jewellery, retailing and manufacturing.”
She added that female empowerment is “at the heart” of the brand’s operations, shown by the group’s female designers, female-founded brands in stock, and “predominantly female workforce”.