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The H&I Silversmithing Course in Scotland

The Hamilton & Inches Craft Academy offers students in their third year studying a relevant silversmithing or jewellery degree courses in Scotland the opportunity to get hands on experience with a 156-year firm. Over the decades, we have crafted trophies, including the Doddie Weir Cup, the Scottish Open Trophy, pieces for Royalty, Government and more. Be part of our next chapter and enjoy hands on experience with our silversmiths, goldsmiths, hand-engravers, polishers and wider team.

This year, we are looking for an Apprentice Polisher. To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are looking for the right person to join our 4-year Apprenticeship scheme trained by master polished Colin Goulder and the wider workshop team.

Work within the award-winning silversmithing department

Enjoy hands on experience in the art of chasing, polishing, Repousse, piercing, planishing, soldering and more

Spend time with the wider business including goldsmiths, polishers, hand-engravers, sales, stock and more

Be involved in latest jewellery collection design and creation

Practically apply the skills you have learned in your course to date

Learn about the commission to sale process

Learn about this history and heritage of Hamilton & Inches

Understand the bespoke commission process

Learn basic fundamentals in business and marketing

In addition to earning a Living Wage during your time with us, 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.

6 – 12 week internship dependent on availability

Mid July

End January (open to Edinburgh College of Art students only).

To apply, submit your cover letter and CV for consideration. Should you be shortlisted, you will be interviewed by our workshop manager and a member of the silversmithing department.

This course is supported by Edinburgh College of Art, Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, Edinburgh Assay Office and Craft Scotland.

Current Opportunities

Ever year, we run two internship programmes, in January and July. Open to third year students studying a relevant degree at a Scottish University, the programme offers you practical experience working at a jeweller and silversmith with over 156 years’ experience. Your internship will offer first hand access to learn from our silversmiths, goldsmiths, hand-engravers, polishers and wider team. Explore our current opportunities.

8-week silversmith internship 1

Description:

If you are a third-year student studying a BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing course at a Scottish University, you can apply for an 8-12 week paid internship in silversmithing culminating in a £1500 grant.

Duration:

8 – 12 weeks (flexible)

Internship Period:

July

Application Deadline:

31st May 2022

Required Qualifications:

Third year student studying relevant degree

8-week silversmith internship 2

Description:

If you are a third-year student studying a relevant degree at the Edinburgh College of Art, you can apply for an 8-12 week paid internship in silversmithing culminating in a £1500 grant.

Duration:

8 – 12 weeks (flexible)

Internship Period:

End January

Application Deadline:

31st October 2022

Required Qualifications:

Third year student studying relevant degree at Edinburgh College of Art

Apprentice polisher

Description:

It takes years of experience and lots of practice to ensure each item is perfectly finished, without losing its unique character. This is a rare and unique opportunity to learn from our Master Polisher and some of the finest craftspeople in the UK.

Duration:

4 years

Requirements:

Aged 16+ and eligible to work in the UK. Must be fluent in written and verbal English.

Remuneration:

Living wage salary

Deadline:

31st May 2022

Celebrating our Craft

Discover items we have created during our 156-year history, including pieces for author J.K. Rowling, trophies for legendary sporting events and more.

CELEBRATING OUR CRAFT

Craft Your Future

Hamilton & Inches has been helping people craft their future since 1866. Find out more about our team and life at H&I and how our Craft Academy can help develop your skills further.