The National Association of Goldsmiths Centenary Trust was set up in 1994 as part of the Association’s centenary celebrations.

Whilst there were a number of excellent charities with jewellery industry connections in existence, a need was identified for an organisation that would specifically assist people in the retail sector of the jewellery industry.

One of the principle objectives as stated in the Trust Deed is that the Trustees should “undertake” to provide or procure the provision of scholarships, awards and assistance towards training and work experience opportunities, including participation in exchange programmes, whether in the UK or abroad, for persons who derive their main livelihood from the retail jewellery trade.

Are you qualified to apply?

There are no formal qualifications required to apply for an award.

You do need to be currently employed within the jewellery industry or working within the Educational

Sector on programmes directly relevant to employees within the jewellery industries.

The trustees will also consider other applicants from other associated trades.

For further information, application form and full conditions please contact Amanda Reavell at:

The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) of Great Britain and Ireland 78 Luke Street

London EC2A 4XG

About The N.A.G.

The National Association of Goldsmiths (N.A.G.) was established in 1894 as a membership organisation,
designed to serve and support the jewellery industry of Great Britain and Ireland.

The N.A.G. promotes the highest professional standards amongst its membership to inspire consumer confidence and to enhance the reputation of its members. We support members in the most vital aspects of running a jeweller’s shop – from dispute resolution to maximising customer services, management efficiency, staff education, and professional development.

Our unrivalled education programmes are something which we pride ourselves on; from short course to diplomas for retailers and their employees. We have been providing our internationally recognised courses since 1945, which help ensure that staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to help maximise sales and that owners and managers have the skill, guidance and support necessary to lead and manage their business.

We work on behalf of our members to protect their reputation by lobbying Government on issues affecting the trade, and by raising the profile of the industry within the media. Our work extends to collaborating with the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) on schemes that identify ethically sourced precious metals and gems through schemes such as the Kimberley Process and Fairtrade supported mines. The UK Jewellery Industry Ethics Committee – of which the N.A.G. is a founding member of continues to champion ethical issues on behalf of the industry.

Additional benefits of being a member include discounted access to specialist industry related services, as well as free access to our legal helpline and membership of SaferGems – a scheme for reporting and disseminating information on actual and potential criminal activity.

The N.A.G. also runs a number of bodies and special interest groups designed to support every aspect of the trade including:

Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV): The IRV is a professional body giving valuers a high profile and recognition. All IRVs are bound by a Code of Pratice (Principles of Good Pratice for Valuers) which sets the standards to be attained and maintained

Executive Development Forum (EDF): The EDF is a vehicle for jewellery retailers to come together and discuss ideas on how they can maximise the potential of their businesses. Topics covered range from developing a business strategy to market awareness and customer segmentation.

SaferGems is a major initiative against crime in the Jewellery, Antiques and Fine Art Trades

For further information on how the N.A.G. can benefit you, please contact us.