How could you pursue a career in the jewellery industry?
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Employing over 55,000 people and made up of over 16,000 businesses, the UK
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Many designers create models out of the
This is a role that’s very competitive and not often advertised, so networking and building contacts in the field is a good idea to get started. You’ll find that many
For students who learn best on the job, apprenticeships are also available. Again though, these are increasingly competitive. And, for those who are looking to learn
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As their names suggest, goldsmiths and silversmiths are skilled in making
To be a goldsmith, you need to enjoy being practical by working with your hands, as you’ll be forming metal into different shapes. Patience is also required, as you’ll need to be concentrating for long periods of time on one object. You may also be asked to make changes to
It’s important that you’re a team player too, but happy to work independently as well. It’s likely that you’ll be working with other craftspeople on different projects but will also spend time perfecting pieces on your own.
This is a highly skilled job, so training is necessary. On the
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Some people decide to go solo when it comes to making
There are many sites out there that focus on arts and crafts and appeal to a market that wants something truly unique. You can teach yourself how to make
If it’s something that you’re passionate about, you can start your own website and possibly supply your goods to others in the future! If you want to be your own boss, this could be for you.
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Developments in 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) means that there are more technical roles becoming available in the
These types of software are able to create prototypes of models, which go on to be made into 3D designs and castings.
How can you get CAD training? There are courses online and ways that you can gain a CAD qualification from home. Alternatively, get in touch with your local vocational college and see what related courses they have to offer.
More specific roles
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· Model makers — design and create models which are used to make numerous copies or an item through the casting process
· Casters — generate multiple casts for the production process
· Engravers — skilled in the art of engraving, they can engrave lines words and other markings onto
· Enamellers — apply powdered glass and heat to the metal to create decorative finishes
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Do any of the roles discussed in this article take your fancy? Start networking and build your portfolio to better your chances of breaking into the industry. For more information visit UCAS and ICould.
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