The Academy is a platform for the interchange of skills between highly skilled artisans and people who are looking to pursue careers in craft. This exchange is structured around the creative exploration of the reuse of waste materials into beautiful objects and interiors.



Come and learn some new skills and meet new people

at our fun creative courses and food education workshops.



Our creative team-building workshops are tailored to your needs. We will introduce you to upcycling through an initiation to making. It is a chance to unleash your creativity and build strong connections as a team. We also provide catering services.




Our Resident Artisan Programme

A platform to develop your craft and pass on your skills

Our RESIDENT ARTISANS are local artists and craftspeople to whom we give access to our workshop facilities and their own studio space to develop their craft and grow their own business. In exchange, we ask them for 1 day per week working for us, providing expertise and training that benefits the local community. We are currently at full capacity but you can get on our waiting list.


Our Academy Trainee Programme

Get paid to learn with our Scholarship Programme

Our ACADEMY TRAINEE programme enables companies to sponsor a trainee to learn craft skills . Our Scholarship Programme trains local young people in a swathe of manual skills- such as carpentry, joinery, cabinet making, metalwork and paint effects- with the aim of developing a skill pallet lending itself to them becoming self-supporting craftspeople. This is a particularly hands-on programme with training and applied learning 5 days a week as well as workshop evening classes.


Our Academy Volunteers

Learn skills, meet people and make a difference

Our ACADEMY VOLUNTEERS are a huge part of the team whether providing manual help in our workshop or contributing on an administrative level behind the scenes. Our volunteering programme is for people of all ages and is an opportunity to develop new skills, gain experience volunteering in a social enterprise, meet new people and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of Goldfinger Factory.