Jewellery Manufacturing & Design Apprentice - Mounter Gladman & Norman Ltd

We are looking for someone to join our Mount Shop. The Mount shop is responsible for creating the medal or badge for which precious metals and enamel is added to. You will be required to prepare the mounts by hand using saws and hand tools ready for polishing.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    13 Jan 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Gladman & Norman are recruiting for an Apprentice Mounter to join their established team based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. As a thriving business, Gladman & Norman have experience in all fields of medal and commemorative item manufacturing. They currently provide honours and campaign medals for governments, prize medals for organisations and medals for events and competitions. Medals are manufactured from the customers own design or from a brief statement of requirements.

As a Mounter you will be responsible for the manufacturing of the framework of the medal, in which precious metals and/or enamelling can be set. You will be working with metals such as, gold, silver and platinum. 

Mass-produced mounts are made by casting or stamping the metal to produce many pieces exactly the same. Smaller batches are cast or crafted by hand. Individual and bespoke pieces are more likely to be produced by hand. You will use a range of tools, including saw frames, hammers, pliers and gas torches to prepare the mount for setting and polishing.

As well as being interested in jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, you need to be:

  • Good dexterity
  • Able to work on a small scale
  • Patient and methodical
  • Able to work with precision and accuracy

As part of your apprenticeship you will attend college one day a week to complete a Level 2 qualification in Jewellery Manufacturing & Design, encompassing many elements which will also be taught within the workplace.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good Dexterity
  • Able to work on a small scale
  • Patient and methodical
  • Able to work with precision and accuracy

Personal qualities

  • Committed
  • Professional
  • Keen
  • Willing to learn new skills

Qualifications required

  • No previous Jewellery Qualifications are required.
  • If GCSE English and Maths grades are below a grade C then there is a requirement to complete Functional Skills training.

Future prospects

Your jewellery career begins here. The Level 2 qualification in Jewellery Manufacture and Design is a uniquely comprehensive technical skills course which teaches you the basics of making and designing professional quality jewellery needed for a career in the jewellery trade or to set up as a jewellery designer-maker. Once complete there is an option to progress onto a Level 3 course with the same employer.

Things to consider

Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.40 per hour from 1st October 2016. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Founded in 1910 by Alfred Gladman and Samuel Norman, the Company first commenced trading as die sinkers utilising Samuel Norman’s skills in art and design. The Company progressed into producing stampings for other companies within the Jewellery Quarter and also some finished badges. The Company are now the largest manufacturer of medals and commemorative items for the British armed forces and lead the way in die casting techniques and exquisite hand painted enameling.


Gladman & Norman Ltd


Tenby Street North


B1 3EG

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Training provider

Level 2 Jewellery Manufacturing & Design

Apprenticeship framework

Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades

Training provider

Holts Academy

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Holts Academy


Laura Cutler 0121 655 0105

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2017