Director
The Goldsmiths' Centre

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"I was always the kid that could do better, who wasn't really engaged." Peter didn't really know what his career path would be, but knew he wanted to do something in art and design. His friend's mum got him an application form for the School of Jewellery in Birmingham and he never looked back. He now runs The Goldsmiths' Centre in London which helps give young people a route into skilled trades in the jewellery industry.

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£53,040
average salary
The UK average salary is £27,011
40
average weekly hours
There are 39 hours in the average working week
32%  female  68%  male
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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Description

Functional managers and directors in this unit group perform a variety of senior management tasks in respect of other specialist functions or fields of activity in organisations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 113: Functional Managers and Directors.

Qualifications

Entry standards will vary according to the specific function and requirements of the organisation concerned, as will options for training off- and on-the-job.

Tasks

  • Helps to formulate and implement local government policy and ensures legal and statutory provisions are observed
  • Organises local authority office work and resources, negotiates contracted out services
  • Plans, organises, coordinates and directs the resources of a special interest organisation
  • Formulates and directs the implementation of an organisation’s policies
  • Represents union, association or charity in consultation and negotiation with government, employees and other bodies
  • Stimulates public interest by providing publicity, giving lectures and interviews and organising appeals
  • Directs or undertakes the preparation, publication and dissemination of reports and other information pertaining to the organisation.
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    Time Code   Caption Peter Taylor, Goldsmiths' Centre Director My name's Peter Taylor and I'm Director of the Goldsmiths' Centre, which is in Farringdon, in London. The Goldsmiths' Centre is a pretty unique facility. It brings together young people with established businesses to effectively bring them into our industry and to give them a route into skilled trades. I had not a clue that my City and Guilds education would lead me somehow to becoming the director of the Goldsmiths' Centre. Strange journey, but ended up going from the bench to being in charge of this beautiful building. I went to a very, very bad school and I cried, I absolutely cried when I discovered I was going there. I found school too prescriptive. I was always the kid that could do better, who wasn't really engaged. I struggled to understand what my career path was going to to be and ultimately wanted to do something in art and design. Jewellery was a bit of a surprise and not something that I was really imagiining that I was destined to do. Most of my family were involved in  precision manufacturing and we'd had our own factories and I only discovered this when I was kind of into my time. A friend's mother was in the trade and  she got me an application form for the School of Jewellery in Birmingham and I applied, not really caring whether I got in. So I did my tests, walked into my interview and they said, oh right, and what do you do outside of, you know, your work, and I said, ah, you know, I'm a racing cyclist and they went, oh right, OK, who do you ride for? And I said, oh I ride for the Solihull and two of the guys that were there were cyclists and they said, we used to have a mate that lived over in your part of the world, Dave Taylor and I said, yeah, he's my dad and he was the team photographer. And that was it. I knew I'd got my place. And it's those little moments when people are, you're able to make a connection. I had a visit from the Goldsmiths' Company to a project that I was running in Birmingham, an innovation centre for the jewellery industry and the Clerk at the time, Robin Buchanan-Dunlop and a guy called Dr Stuart Devlin who was a very well-known goldsmith and silversmith and designer, decided to visit this innovation centre that I'd developed and we had a lovely visit and it was great and about 2 years later Robin wrote to me and said, we're looking to recruit a new director of technology and training, can you recommend anyone? So I wrote back and said, look I can't recommend anyone but if you advertise it, I'd be interested in applying. And sometimes you have to put yourself out there. There are those turning points where you have a moment where you can actually go, oh well I know this really good guy and I'll recommend her or him  over myself. But I knew I was the right person for the job. Who would have thought that someone who went through the academic process that I went through would end up project managing a 17 million pound building. What motivates me?  Satisfaction and feeling like you've made a difference. Gosh, can't buy that, can you? When I was younger, the things that I really wish I knew  then that I know now, is that it's all going to be all right and actually you need to have your eyes wide open to every opportunity that comes along. I am a manifestation of what can happen if you start off having failed at school and you take opportunities that come along and you meet wonderful people who give you opportunities. You should always grasp them because ultimately, you know, you could end up doing the most amazing things and you never know, and this idea that if you haven't got, you know, fantastic academic qualifications, that that's going to be a barrier to achievement,  it's a barrier only in your mind and the minds of the people who are around you that think that's the only route. For everybody else  there's opportunities. END  

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