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Will Lander receives the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice of the Year award 2018

11 Apr 2019

On Tuesday 9th April 2019, Prime Warden Michael Prideaux officially presented the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice of the Year Award for 2018 to former apprentice, Will Lander at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. The medal, which celebrates excellence in skill, attitude and commitment, recognises not only Will’s exceptional performance since starting his training as a diamond mounting apprentice, but also the support of his former Master, renowned bespoke fine jeweller Harriet Kelsall.

It was acknowledged, during a celebration lunch at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, that 27-year-old Will Lander has demonstrated his talent and a consistently positive attitude and willingness to learn throughout his five-year diamond-mounting apprenticeship at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. In 2014, he proved his skill and determination by winning a Gold medal at the UK’s largest skills and careers event, WorldSkills UK. He has since continued to win numerous accolades at the “Oscars of the Industry”, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council competition, and was recognised in 2015 as one of Retail Jeweller’s first “Rising Stars 30 under 30”. Will has consistently gone above and beyond what was expected of him as an apprentice and continues to be an ambassador for the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery and the wider industry.

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As has been the tradition for the last 700 years, Will concluded his Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship in 2018 with a Freedom Ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall, where he presented his breath-taking Masterpiece, a palladium and 9ct gold primrose-inspired necklace to the Goldsmiths’ Wardens. This necklace is on display alongside the work of all the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship within the last year. The work will be on show until 24th April 2019 as part of the annual exhibition “Apprentice to Masterpiece

– The Work of the Goldsmiths’ Apprentices” at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and is thereafter destined for display at the new Harriet Kelsall studios in Primrose Hill.

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It is through commitment, passion, talent and drive, and the outstanding training from their Masters that means that Goldsmiths’ Company apprentices, like Will Lander, go on to excel and help to secure the future of the industry. We’re are delighted that this year Will has been selected to receive this award. It recognises not only his achievements as a craftsman, but also the contribution that he has made to the scheme as a whole as a mentor to younger apprentices and those taking part in WorldSkills.

Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths' Centre

For more information on the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London, visit www.goldsmiths-centre.org/courses/apprenticeships