The week-long programme gave unemployed 16 to 19 year olds the opportunity to learn about the art of jewellery making before committing to a full course. The students gained hands-on practical experience in both making and design while developing their individual understanding of jewellery as a whole.
Of the 12 participating students, 10 will carry on for a further four weeks to study towards a recognised qualification in jewellery making.
Principal at the Holts Academy of Jewellery Lee Lucas said: “The values of the Princes Trust and those of the Academy are very much aligned – inspiring a generation… recognising that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. This partnership has done just that – it has inspired a group of young people to explore a career in the UK jewellery trade.
“By joining 300 other people who have studied on the Academy’s industry certified qualifications and apprenticeships this year alone, these young people will be nurtured and educated to fulfil their potential. We hope that many will progress on to an apprenticeship this autumn.”