Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades (England)

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Framework ID: FR01149
Issue number: 4
Issued: 08 December 2011

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Creative and Cultural Skills

Contact name: Dearbhaile Church
Telephone number: 020 7015 1800
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There are over 9,000 individuals working in the UK’s 1,445 jewellery businesses, including sole traders as well as those in retail.  There are many more individuals working in this sector if you include the very large numbers of those in wholesale jewellery manufacture and distribution. The jewellery sector therefore makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. Creative & Cultural Skills is supporting this growing sector by working with employers to create apprenticeship opportunities to address the gaps that currently exists in training and development.

The jewellery sector consists of many designer-makers and although these creative roles are important, what is lacking are young individuals entering the sector in manufacturing and technical areas. This apprenticeship will address the balance.

Through Creative & Cultural Skills’ Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) and employer engagement activities, including our sector-specific Blueprint reports written with industry, we have identified skills gaps in specialist areas (such as jewellery manufacturing), alongside generic skills (such as digital skills) and business skills (such as business development skills). The key to resolving these skills shortages is ensuring that the right set of vocational qualifications (including Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships) are in place so that the right supply of skilled individuals can enter the sector.

Specific characteristics of the jewellery industry and issues which this apprenticeship framework will help to address include:

• 65% of the workforce is between 45 and 65 years old. The apprenticeship in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades will help generate a younger workforce.
• 87.2% of the jewellery workforce is white. This apprenticeship will help attract individuals to the sector who would not usually access this area of work.
• Only 17.7% of people working in jewellery occupations are qualified to level 4 and above. 23.8% of people in jewellery occupations have no qualifications at all. This apprenticeship will address the gap.

Employers are keen to increase the level of work-based learning in order to change the culture of an over reliance on graduate recruitment to this industry. They have helped to design the qualifications in this apprenticeship framework. This ensures that it meets their current and future skills needs and at the same time, meets the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).

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