Financial support: Funding Your Development


The following trust and charity provide financial support for staff training and career progression. This may include any of the NAJ courses, principally the JET programme in addition to training opportunities and qualifications provided by other organisations.

NAJ Education Trust

The National Association of Jewellers Education Trust was set up in 1994 (then operating as the NAG) for the Association’s centenary celebrations. 

The trust exists to provide scholarships, awards and assistance towards training and work experience opportunities for persons who derive, or intend to derive, their main livelihood from the jewellery trade.

To qualify you need to be currently employed within the jewellery industry, or working within the jewellery industry, or working within the education sector on programmes directly relevant to employees within the jewellery industries.

We also support the loan of silver to various metal-work courses and tutors must to apply to join this initiative.

To apply please download the application form and return to Amanda Reavell, or NAJ Educational Trust, PO Box 12782, SUDBURY, CO10 3DY.

Education Trust Application Form

Donate to the Education Trust

The Benevolent Society 

The Benevolent Society is the charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF). BATF is the parent company of the NAJ and where the NAJ's Birmingham office is based. 

The society provides support, in the form of annual bursaries, for those who are either studying or wish to obtain further skills/qualifications. 

Applications are assessed by the Board of Trustees. The bursary is usually paid directly to the education/training provider on a termly basis. 

Download the application to find out about the criteria. Please return to Laura Banner, or Federation House, 10 Vyse Street, Birmingham, B18 6LT. 

Bursary Application Form

Grant Application Form

Goldsmiths Centre

The Goldsmiths Centre offers collaborative funding for projects within the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries that have the potential to link and contribute to delivery against the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s charitable purpose and corporate plan.

Goldsmiths collaborative funding

The Fuller Foundation

The Fuller Foundation is a legacy trust which will support individuals looking to advance within a company to ena-ble a managerial or directorate level change to both the individual and the company, through the study and appli-cation of continuing professional development, training and/or education.

Its aim is to enable individuals to progress their managerial competences to director/executive competency level within the company in which they are currently employed.

This new initiative is administered and managed by The Benevolent Society in addition to their existing bursary support for individuals who are looking to advance their careers to the industry.


Michelle Knust – Certificate of Appraisal Theory (2013)

“Firstly, I would like to say that I am so very grateful to have been awarded a bursary for the cost of half of the course. My employer was not in a position to be able to contribute any funding and I would not have been able to afford to pay for it myself. As it is the remaining half was done on my credit cards and I am still chipping away at paying it off! I had heard of the Education Trust but did not think that someone of my age would be considered.... but a few colleagues pointed me in the right direction and I applied. To be accepted was a wonderful feeling. The course was very informative, even after over 38 years in the trade you never stop learning. The exam was in January and I received the results this evening...... Hurrah! I passed! Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity it has greatly improved my knowledge and, as a result my confidence."