Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades (Wales)

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Framework ID: FR01639
Issue number: 5
Issued: 15 August 2012

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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 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 fill the gap that exists in training and development.

The sector consists of many designer-makers and although these 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 sector 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 this gap.

Employers are also 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, meet the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASEW). 

This Level 2 Foundation and Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework will also contribute to meeting the skills priorities for Wales by:

  • providing flexible access to high quality Level 2 and 3 skills programmes, as a real alternative to academic qualifications, for those who prefer this style of learning and achievement;
  • incorporating skills to improve the levels of general literacy, numeracy and ICT in Wales;
  • using technical and competence qualifications, valued by employers, to help their businesses grow;
  • developing the apprentice’s employability skills, making them more attractive to all employers whichever career they choose;
  • providing a career pathway into jobs and training at intermediate and higher level, to provide the skills which the economy needs to grow;
  • building on the existing quality learning provision for the creative and cultural sector in Wales;
  • developing on from the DCELLS Apprenticeships pilot project in Wales as part of the Sector Priorities Fund;
  • responding to the prioritisation of the creative industries in Wales as part of the Economic Renewal Programme. Creative Industries are one of six identified priority sectors.


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