How to become a silversmith: Varis' story

Meet Varis, 19, and find out about his life training as an apprentice silver spinner with The Goldsmiths' Centre in London. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I'm the first silver spinning apprentice in 28 years and my boss was the last one before me!

  • Being a silver spinner means transforming flat pieces of silver into solid objects, like trophies and cups
  • Varis is an apprentice silver spinner which means he's working and studying at the same time
  • Varis preferred practical subjects at school and enjoyed studying Design and Technology at GCSE
  • A teacher noticed Varis' talent for working with metal and introduced him to the company he works for today.

Varis' career path

A silversmith is a person who crafts objects from silver. Silver spinners are silversmiths who work with flat pieces of silver, and turn them into solid objects, like trophies.

What qualifications do you need to be a silversmith?

  • Typical entry requirements: You can get this job through a university course, a college course, an apprenticeship, or a specialist course run by a professional body. You'll usually need:

    • a foundation studies diploma in Art and Design
    • one or two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma
    • two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree.

This information is a guide (source: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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