Financial support: Funding Your Development


The following trust and charity provide financial support for staff training and career progression. This may include any of the NAJ courses, principally the JET programme in addition to training opportunities and qualifications provided by other organisations.

NAJ Education Trust

The National Association of Jewellers Education Trust was set up in 1994 (then operating as the NAG) for the Association’s centenary celebrations. 

The trust exists to provide scholarships, awards and assistance towards training and work experience opportunities for persons who derive their main livelihood from the jewellery trade.

To qualify you need to be currently employed within the jewellery industry, or working within the jewellery industry, or working within the education sector on programmes directly relevant to employees within the jewellery industries. 

To apply please download the application form and return to Amanda Reavell, or 45 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5NA.

Education Trust Application Form

The Benevolent Society 

The Benevolent Society is the charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF). BATF is the parent company of the NAJ and where the NAJ's Birmingham office is based. 

The society provides support, in the form of annual bursaries, for those who are either studying or wish to obtain further skills/qualifications. 

Applications are assessed by the Board of Trustees. The bursary is usually paid directly to the education/training provider on a termly basis. 

Download the application to find out about the criteria. Please return to Laura Banner, or Federation House, 10 Vyse Street, Birmingham, B18 6LT. 

Bursary Application Form

Goldsmiths Centre

The Goldsmiths Centre offers collaborative funding for projects within the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries that have the potential to link and contribute to delivery against the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s charitable purpose and corporate plan.


Michelle Knust – Certificate of Appraisal Theory (2013)

“Firstly, I would like to say that I am so very grateful to have been awarded a bursary for the cost of half of the course. My employer was not in a position to be able to contribute any funding and I would not have been able to afford to pay for it myself. As it is the remaining half was done on my credit cards and I am still chipping away at paying it off! I had heard of the Education Trust but did not think that someone of my age would be considered.... but a few colleagues pointed me in the right direction and I applied. To be accepted was a wonderful feeling. The course was very informative, even after over 38 years in the trade you never stop learning. The exam was in January and I received the results this evening...... Hurrah! I passed! Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity it has greatly improved my knowledge and, as a result my confidence."