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Lance James’ Ryan Turner awarded BAJ’s Apprentice of the Year

30 Nov 2018

Lance James’ Ryan Turner awarded BAJ’s Apprentice of the Year

 Lance James

Ryan, aged 23 received the accolade at the British Academy of Jewellery’s annual graduation ahead of the other 28 apprentices completing their apprenticeship in 2018.

Having decided that he wanted to become a jeweller, and with no connections in the trade, he worked unpaid for 6 months before applying to Lance James in Hertford as an apprentice.  Jackie Benson, founder of Lance James in Hertford, hired him based on his experience. 

Jackie said: “Ryan is a dedicated learner and a perfectionist with a good eye for detail. He is excellent with customers and has proved to be an invaluable addition to our team. He comes up with new ideas to support the business and has a good future ahead of him. I hope this award will contribute to his success and recognition within the industry.”

Tutor Lez said that Ryan consistently produced jewellery of good quality and was a fast learner. 

Ryan said: “I am honoured to win the apprentice of the year award. I feel overwhelmed that I was acknowledged for my hard work and skill in the trade. Having the right support from my mentor Jackie and my tutor Lez, helped me push to my goals.” 

The ceremony took place with over 200 people at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.  Leading jewellery care supplier Connoisseurs sponsored the award and Ryan has  won the rights to brand their products when he launches his own brand.

Photo shows Ryan Turner receiving his award from Britni-May Edwards from Connoisseur.