“It should be the ambition of every professional to make a contribution to his field of study. This can only be achieved by constant striving for improvement.”

Dr George Daniels CBE - 1981


  1. We want to raise awareness of watch and clock making as an exciting career choice for young people.

  2. We want to encourage more people into both part and full-time education through the excellent courses available across Britain and also through the internationally recognised WOSTEP programme.

  3. We want to connect watch and clock makers with our member companies so that they could take advantage of the job opportunities we have here in Britain.

  4. We want to encourage professionals to enter our vital support services - marketing and social media, administration, accounting, HR.

Anyone, from any background, can become a horologist, especially if you are the type of person who is always fascinated by how things work!
There are several outstanding educational establishments in the British Isles which can provide all the training you need.
Birmingham City University - The unique BA Horology Course at the BCU School of Jewellery continues to work closely with industry partners to deliver excellence in education and training, with particular emphasis on employability skills tailored to meet the growing global demand for qualified watch and clockmakers. The three year Degree develops specialised Watch & Clockmaking skills alongside a strong historical and theoretical understanding of the developments in movement design and performance.

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“We have a strong history of engaging with industry at BCU and very much welcome innovative ways to work with the sector to develop career opportunities for our Graduates and Alumni alike”.

- Jeremy Hobbins, Deputy Head of School & Course Leader
British School of Watchmaking - a registered UK charity which offers two industry recognised courses, both with a strong focus on graduate employability. The school’s one year 1800 Hour Course is centred on preparing students to provide routine service of contemporary type products, from simple quartz movements through to complicated automatic chronographs. The longer two year 3000 Hour Course offers similar from a service perspective, however, through additional modules it delves much deeper providing valuable traditional watchmaking techniques, including component manufacture and finishing techniques.

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“Since 2006, we have provided vocational training to over 80 watchmakers setting out on their new careers in watchmaking. We are extremely proud to be part of the ever growing UK watch sector and for the part we have played in bringing new and highly skilled
individuals into our industry.”

- James Robinson , General Manager
The British Horological Institute (‘BHI’) - the centre of learning and expertise, the BHI has clock or watch making courses for every level - from beginner or expert; professional or enthusiast. They offer short, practical courses and longer distance-learning programmes through which you can, if you wish, take exams to qualify as a professional watch or clock maker.

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Grants and bursaries - the George Daniels Educational Trust (Isle of Man Charity #1096)

George Daniels CBE was a watchmaker for more than 60 years and was presented with more of his profession’s highest honours than any other person. His greatest contributions to the watchmaker’s art were to develop his Co-axial escapement, described as the most important horological development for over 250 years, and the seminal texts on the subject, Watchmaking (ISBN 978-0-85667-749-76) and The Practical Watch Escapement (ISBN 978-0-85667-687-1).

George Daniels was passionate about education, and his legacy, The George Daniels’ Educational Trust, established upon his passing on the 21st October 2011, is a lasting tribute to a remarkable man. It was his wish to support students demonstrating initiative and merit, but lacking the necessary resources to realise their ambitions, so that they might advance their education and further the development of the disciplines of Engineering, Horology, Medicine and Building or Construction.

Endeavouring to realise George Daniels’ aspiration to bring watchmaking back to Britain, The George Daniel's Educational Trust will promote horological training through supporting worthy students at Birmingham City University, the British School of Watchmaking and West Dean College.

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“By actively supporting those wishing to make a career from horology in the UK, we hope to
see the development of a closer relationship between the Trust and horological manufacture
in Britain, a tie that will hopefully ensure that the Trust, following George’s ethos, can more
effectively facilitate progress.”

- Mike Blaney, Trustee