Providing a platform for the young to build their own future. . .

Providing a platform for the young to build their own future. . .

Graduating from university is one thing, making it as a maker is a another altogether. It is very easy to fall at business hurdles after graduating and the PMW is here to be the next step after leaving confines of education. The Precious Metals Workshop offers 2 graduates from the UK, the opportunity to become a maker with us for a year and have a free bench place as our graduates in residence.


Deadline for entry is Friday 12th July 2019. All applicants will be notified by Friday 26th July 2019

Applications can be made here with this form

Our program offers each successful applicant:

  • A free shared bench with a second successful applicant for one year

  • Teacher training in assisting our tutors on our courses..

  • Weekly Business mentoring in starting up your own business.


T'S and C's:

The desk/bench share on offer is in our main workshop and classroom. The desk share for each graduate has a value of £48.75 per month, should either graduate wish to move to a bigger desk, they will be discounted that from the value of their preferred choice. Dates of the year are in accordance with the UK academic timetable and run September to September. All decisions are at the discretion of the Precious Metals Workshop. All rules and regulations must be adhered to in the graduate in residence contract and the position may be subject to removal should any of the rules and regulations of the workshop be breached. For further information please use the contact heading above.

Continuing on to the residency at PMW following graduation has given me the valuable opportunity to continue to develop my work amongst a community of other jewellers in Leith. Coming from a range of backgrounds, this has also been a great way to continue to learn and pick up tips from other makers.

Bridging the gap between leaving Uni and starting my own business, I have benefited from insightful mentoring and advice from Ian Nicholson, as well as being encouraged to be involved with events with the workshop such as Goldflair. The opportunity to help out with classes has also been a great way to begin to learn how to teach, and pick up more skills along the way. I would definitely recommend applying to anyone who has recently graduated!


Lyndsay Fairley

2018 - 2019

“Being a part of the graduate programme in the Precious Metals Workshop has been a very worthwhile experience for me. Having just graduated I wasn’t really sure what to do, so having 24-hour access to a studio was hugely beneficial as it allowed me to continue my work and time to experiment as the workshop has mostly anything you would need. The weekly business mentoring sessions was a great help in the various things you need to know in order to start up a business and was open to answer any questions raised. Working with like-minded peopled allowed me to ask questions when needed and share ideas or get a second opinion. Overall, in what I thought would be a frightening experience leaving university turned into being a very warming, friendly and productive experience.”


Katie Watson

2018 - 2019

“I am a jewellery maker and designer, who graduated from DJCAD in June 2017.  After that I joined the PMW as a resident graduate. It was a fantastic year making that jump from being a student to maker. PMW gave me the opportunity to assist in teaching classes which in turn lead to me teaching my own enamelling classes.  Mentoring sessions also helped me put together a business plan.

I would highly recommend this post to other graduates, it is a great stepping stone and allows you to meet other jewellers and use the workshop tools and equipment while you take your time to build up your own business.

The PMW has a great community spirit and a great mix of jewellers, so much so that I am still here.  I now have my own bench space and can’t see me moving for a long time.”


Amanda McGrattan

2017 - 2018

"After graduating from art school in 2012 the graduate in residence programme at PMW gave me a space where I could continue to develop my work. It was a great experience, seeing how a real workshop was run, meeting like minded people and gaining experience assisting with some of the classes. It was an ideal transition for me from art school into the early stages of my jewellery career and I would highly recommend it to other graduates unsure of what the next step is!"


Jane Harrison

2012 - 2013