Paul Franklin, proud Father of Nicholas, shares his son's recent interview with The Goldsmiths' Centre in London, which provides young people with the core skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied crafts.
Nicholas has Asperger’s Syndrome, making his experiences in the industry unique, and his success a potentially important marker for others on the spectrum considering following the same path. An uplifting and inspiring interview, which will give a great deal of hope and encouragement to those pupils who are on the autistic spectrum, as well as parents and carers.
Paul Franklin (Nicholas's Father) said; 'Family Support at The Kent Autistic Trust have given my family and I a lot of support and advice over the years, helping Nicholas with School and providing other support we needed, I am very grateful. I wanted to share my son's interview to help inspire others and keep all those who have supported us over the years updated with his progress'.
Nicholas previously attended The Tydeman Centre, which is a excellent model specialist speech and language unit at The Malling School.
In 2018 Nicholas completed a unique 1 year "Foundation Programme" at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, as part of a small group of 10 students, he spent a full year at The Goldsmiths’ Centre being taught by leading craftspeople in modern and fully-equipped workshops. The course covered traditional techniques, such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting; alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design (CAD.)
Nicholas now works for the historic Goldsmiths’ Company in London, and is in his second year of training as an Apprentice Assay Office Technician and Silversmith.
Nicholas still attends Day Release Training at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, and they have recently published the below interview on him.
An Interview with Goldsmiths' Company Apprentice, Nicholas Franklin - The Goldsmiths’ Centre:
Paul said 'It not only pays a delightful tribute to his former school teacher Mr Birch, but we also feel it will uplift and inspire all of the students at The Malling School, and most especially give a great deal of hope and encouragement to those pupils who are on the autistic spectrum, as well as parents and carers.
I would like to take this opportunity to again sincerely thank all of the staff and teachers at The Malling School, most especially of course to Mr Birch, Mrs Keys.
The Kent Autistic Trust, The National Autistic Society, The Fathers Club and Beams who all provide valuable advice and support to individuals on the autistic spectrum and their families'.
What a truely uplifting story.