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The Vanilla Ink Programme is for emerging jewellers/silversmiths at the beginning of their careers. The programme runs for 9 months from February - October and you will be expected to commit 110% to the programme. Vanilla Ink has spent some 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 the 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;

The full 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.
  • 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.

The Professional Development 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.

Eligibility - to be eligible for the 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, if you are interested in becoming an Inker please fill out this form below.

Name *
If you don't have a website please direct us to a social media channel you use for your business.
Where did you learn your craft? *
you could have studied a few years ago but are only just returning to the field. You need to be within 3 years of starting up your business.

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