Queensmith

Jewellery Academy

Level up your crafting skills and kick-start your career with Queensmith Jewellery Academy. Where talent meets opportunity, and where the artisans of tomorrow can grow under the mentorship of today’s best jewellers.

Queensmith Jewellery Academy

Level up your crafting skills and kick-start your career

Queensmith Jewellery Academy offers a unique professional experience designed for aspiring artisans seeking to refine their skills in goldsmithing and diamond setting.

Unlike traditional courses, the Academy utilises a dynamic mix of training modules, hands-on project work, and personalised coaching, all while compensating its academy employees with a competitive salary, including a generous retention bonus and other company benefits.

As a Queensmith Aspiring Artisan (QSAA), you’ll embark on a comprehensive three-year development programme to enhance your skills and grow professionally in the jewellery industry, equipping you to Queensmith standards whilst working as a full-time regular employee.

Dive into this unique blend of structured learning and practical experience, and watch your professional abilities soar.


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Programme Highlights

About Queensmith Jewellery Academy

At Queensmith, we are dedicated to not just honing your craft but also establishing the foundation for a prosperous, long-term career with us. As you master your skills in jewellery crafting, we'll reward your commitment and hard work. Our comprehensive loyalty incentives extend beyond the first three years of employment, serving as our way of thanking you for your dedication and encouraging a lasting partnership.

What should I expect from Queensmith Jewellery Academy?

Location: Hatton Garden, London's iconic jewellery quarter.

Start Date: September 2024.

Remuneration: £24K starting salary, plus a £1K relocation bonus, and a £10K retention bonus after three years.

Career Pathways: Fast-tracked careers in Goldsmithing or Diamond Setting.

Mentorship: One-to-one mentoring from talented, experienced industry professionals.

Workplace: Work in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built jewellery workshop, utilising specialist tools and equipment.

Benefits: Competitive salary, health and wellness benefits, generous holiday entitlement, employee recognition programme, thriving employee culture and social events to name a few.

Application Deadline: 22nd July.

Our Academy is a place where talent meets opportunity, and where the artisans of tomorrow can grow under the mentorship of today’s best jewellers.

Brett Afshar | CEO & Founder
 
Queensmith Jewellery Academy

Who should apply

We’re looking for a cohort of 12 graduates to join our programme. You don’t need to be totally polished (pun intended), and we don’t require you to have years of experience. All you need is:

  • A foundation in basic jewellery making techniques
  • A jewellery-related degree or qualification
  • A right to work in the UK
  • Passion to learn and develop your craft
  • A portfolio to be proud of
  • A can-do attitude
  • Align with our company values
  • Commitment*

*Development spans 3 years and you’ll benefit from incredible perks upon completing the programme.

How to apply

We want to make the application process simple and straightforward for you. The first step is to simply email [email protected] with your CV and portfolio, along with a brief explanation as to why you would like to join the academy and whether you have a preference in terms of our career pathways (Diamond Setter or Goldsmith).

Following a successful application, you will be invited to take part in a 2-day assessment and brand introduction. This will give you a chance to meet the team, get to know the brand and product offering, learn more about the Queensmith Jewellery Academy programme and get a chance to test your skills on one of our jewellery benches. Remember, we're not looking for the finished article, we're looking for raw talent, commitment and the right mindset to succeed.

We want it to be fun, insightful and give us both (you and Queensmith) the opportunity to work out whether there's a good match. Consider it an informal interview, but one where you get lunch, refreshments and a chance to really get to know the brand you'll be working for.

Finally, we will be offering 12 places to the Queensmith Jewellery Academy for September 2024 entry. Successful candidates will be contacted to confirm their place, along with an employment contract and offer letter. Exciting times!

  • Step 1. Email your CV and portfolio to [email protected] (submission deadline 22nd July)
  • Step 2. Selected candidates will be invited to a 2-day assessment and brand introduction
  • Step 3. Successful candidates will be sent confirmation of their place, along with an employment contract and offer letter.

The deadline for applications is 22nd July


Career Pathways

The Queensmith Jewellery Academy is designed to fast-track your career as a professional jeweller, honing your crafting skills so you can make a living doing what you love. There are two distinct pathways for our academy graduates. It's worth thinking about what excites you the most, and whether you have a preference for either route. We'll teach you more about what they involve and which might be better suited to you during your 2-day assessment and brand introduction. In the meantime however, we've provided a very brief overview below.

Career Pathways

Goldsmith

Develop fundamental goldsmithing techniques and level up your crafting skills. Work with precious metals (Platinum and 18k Yellow, Rose and White Gold). Learn polishing, profiling, ring sizing, mounting techniques and complex jewellery assembly. Use of top-of-the-range specialist equipment and become the best in your field of craft.

Career Pathways

Diamond Setter

Develop fundamental diamond-setting techniques and level up your crafting skills. Work with precious metals (Platinum and 18k Yellow, Rose and White Gold). Learn precision drilling, detailed setting styles such as pave, scallop and fishtail, work with gem-quality diamonds and gemstones and use top-of-the-range specialist equipment and become the best in your field of craft.

About Queensmith Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Queensmith Academy a school or a course?

Queensmith Academy is ultimately a job. You will embark on a comprehensive three-year development programme to enhance your skills and grow professionally in the jewellery industry, equipped to Queensmith standards whilst being a full-time regular employee.

Why should I apply?

Applying to the Queensmith Jewellery Academy offers you a unique opportunity to develop both practical and technical skills in the fine jewellery sector under the guidance of an award-winning team. Our comprehensive programme provides hands-on experience that builds your confidence and expertise. By joining us, you're not just taking the first step on your career ladder; you're setting the foundation for a successful future in a renowned industry hub like Hatton Garden. This is your chance to transform your passion into a profession and achieve your career aspirations with a leading name in jewellery-making.

How do I apply?

1. Choose your preferred pathway (Goldsmith or Diamond Setter).

2. Email [email protected] with a brief reason as to why you would like to join the Queensmith Academy. Please include your portfolio and CV.

What happens if my application is successful?

Time for round two! You’ll receive an email detailing the next stages of the application process. This will include a 2-day assessment and brand introduction:

  • A company introduction
  • Programme outline
  • Diamond and jewellery showcase
  • Meet team members across Queensmith
  • Bench tests, covering both goldsmithing and diamond setting
  • Interviews and discussions
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • The chance to ask any burning questions!

If you have any further questions that we have not covered, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How does the retention bonus work?

We highly value long-term commitment, and to encourage this, we provide a substantial retention bonus. Upon completing three years of continuous employment through Queensmith Academy, you will receive a retention bonus of £10,000.

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Free Resizing
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Returns
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