H&I Craft Academy

Applications are Now Open

The H&I Craft Academy has been created to help further the future of craft, offering talented individuals the opportunity to kick start their future and take part in a series of internships and apprenticeships. Applications for our 8-week paid silversmith internship, starting in July, is open to all third year students on a BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing Course in Scotland, resulting in a Hamilton & Inches recognised qualification and £1,500 grant.

In 2022, to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we are also proud to announce a search for a polisher who will be offered a four year paid apprenticeship.

Be part of something unique. Find out more about both opportunities, and apply, below.

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Current Opportunities

h&i craft academy 8-Week Silversmith Internship

If you are a third year student on a Scottish BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmith course, you can apply for an 8-week paid for silversmithing internship starting in July culminating in a £1500 grant.

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h&i craft academy 4-Year Apprenticeship

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, we are looking for an apprentice polisher to join the team for four years. Find out more about the role and apply below.

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h&i craft academy

The World of Hamilton & Inches

Hamilton & Inches has been a premiere Edinburgh destination for hand-crafted silver, fine jewellery and premium watches since we opened our doors in 1866. As a proud Royal Warrant Holder, we have been found at 87 George Street since 1952 and are incredibly proud of our Grade-A Listed showroom, workshops, service department and more.

Hamilton & Inches has been a premiere Edinburgh destination for hand-crafted silver, fine jewellery and premium watches since we opened our doors in 1866. As a proud Royal Warrant Holder, we have been found at 87 George Street since 1952 and are incredibly proud of our Grade-A Listed showroom, workshops, service department and more.

about us

"I joined the H&I team in 2018 following a tour of the workshops during my third year at University. I left that day knowing exactly where I wanted to work. - Jenna Watson, Goldsmith"

Meet the Team

Our team of craftspeople are all experts in their field, on hand to ensure you get the most out of our time with Hamilton & Inches.

meet the team

Our Workshops

Step inside the world of Hamilton & Inches. Our workshops, in the heart of Edinburgh, boast stunning views and an authentic working environment.

our workshops

Our Partners

We are lucky to work with a number of partners who help support the H&I Craft Academy including the Edinburgh College of Art and more.

our partners

Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the H&I Craft Academy run?

We run two intakes per year. The first runs from July for 8 weeks and the second runs from the end of January.

Who can apply?

Third year students studying a relevant silversmith or jewellery degree in Scotland can apply. If you are not in third year, please register your interest for a future intake. Please note: our winter intake is open to students from the Edinburgh College of Art only.

How long is the internship?

The internship will run between six and twelve weeks dependent on availability.

What qualifications or skills do I need to apply?
You must be a third year student about to embark on your fourth year of study. Our winter intake is open to Edinburgh College of Art students only.

Where will my time be spent?

The internship will see you work predominantly within the silversmith department, a team of four enthusiastic, brilliant young people. You will also work with the goldsmiths, hand-engravers, polishers and wider team on occasion.

What will I be paid?

You will be paid living wage during our time with us.

What other benefits will I receive?

You will receive £1,500 towards your final project, payable via your university, a H&I Craft Academy certificate to show completion of the internship and employment reference for future opportunities.

How do I apply?

Please send your CV and cover letter to us by clicking the apply button. You will then be invited to an interview stage with our workshop manager.

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