The Vanilla Ink Programme is for emerging jewellers / silversmiths at the beginning of their careers. The programme runs for 9 months from February to October each year, with you being expected to commit 100% to the programme.

Vanilla Ink has spent a great deal of time developing the structure of the programme and has worked hard to bring in a host of brilliant partners to deliver the professional development workshops, skills development workshops (that will be tailored to your needs), monthly bespoke mentoring and regular networking events.

The programme is broken into two sections: 'Learning' and 'Reflection.' The learning is a 6 month intensive professional development programme and the final 3 months is reflection to support you in putting what you have learned in to action, with the support of your mentor.

The programme has intakes from two levels:


  • Full access to the 9 month programme.
  • Monthly professional development from industry experts.
  • Monthly bespoke one-to-one mentoring.
  • Monthly 'Meet the Maker' events.
  • Monthly tailored skills development workshops led by Head Goldsmith, Scott McIntyre.
  • Access to a fully equipped studio and communal tools for the full 9 months of the programme.


  • Full access to the 9 month programme
  • Monthly professional development from industry experts.
  • Monthly bespoke one-to-one mentoring
  • Monthly 'Meet the Maker' events.
  • Discount to any Vanilla Ink class.
click to download our guidelines

click to download our guidelines



To be eligible for the Vanilla Ink Programme, the following are the minimum requirements;

  • Have completed their studies or training (no formal education required).
  • Be within 3 years of starting out in the jewellery industry.
  • A portfolio of recent work.
  • Be committed to the development of their practice in the hopes of making it their full-time occupation.
  • Commit to the programme for the full 9 months (this is at least 3 days a month).
  • Be expected to attend an interview ahead of the programme. 
  • Provide two references with your application.

The Vanilla Ink programme will run again in February 2018 and applications are now open. Please download the guidelines and apply from there. Deadline is midnight 3rd of December 2017.