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Bursary Success Story

24 July 2018

Benevolent Society Bursary case study

Annabel Large 

Annabel was one of the first students to be awarded a bursary from the Benevolent Society in 2016. Her bursary enabled her to study on the BA Design for Industry course at the School of Jewellery Birmingham City University. 

 Annabel is now working within the bespoke design department of  Charles Green and Son in Birmingham.

“As a result of receiving the bursary I was able to create a fine jewellery collection  that was to an industry level standard. The bursary enabled me to work in precious metals, utilse my skills and passion for 3D printing and market and brand my collection. My degree collection secured me a  place as one of International Jewellery London’s (IJL) ‘Bright Young Gems’ in August 2017. 

As a result of my participation in 'Bright Young Gems' IJL  I was offered a job as a CAD designer at Hockley Mint where I gained more experience in working in a fast paced CAD environment, costing bespoke work and 3D printing waxes for production and in February 2018 I started working  in the bespoke design department at Charles Green & Son. 

 As a result of this initial bursary support I am now working in the jewellery industry and further developing my skills in design and new product development. I am grateful for this support from the Benevolent Society and I look forward to developing my skills further throughout my career.”

In 2016 the Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), changed its constitution to allow the charity to award bursaries to help individuals enter the industries that fall under the BATF umbrella. This has enabled the Benevolent Society to assist not only those at the end of their careers but individuals who are embarking on careers in the associated industries, allowing the Society to broaden its spectrum of support across the industries.

Following the change in constitution a pilot scheme was launched from September 2016 to July 2017 whereby two Birmingham City University School of Jewellery students were awarded significant bursaries to allow them to cover their fees to progress onto higher level courses.
As a result of this successful pilot scheme the Trustees of the Benevolent Society agreed for bursaries applications to be rolled out to all of the other BATF federated trade associations.

The Benevolent Society had also awarded nearly £75,000 since 2016 in bursaries to enhance the careers of individuals who were just beginning to work within the industries that the BATF represents.

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