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Blacksmiths make and repair ornamental or practical metal objects. They use traditional and modern forging techniques to form, shape and join metals such as steel, iron, brass, copper and bronze.

There are two basic types of blacksmith, industrial and artistic.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.70 an hour (April 2018). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Starting salaries for blacksmiths range from £15,000 to £19,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £23,000 to £28,000 a year. Highly experienced blacksmiths can earn up to £30,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You would find jobs in industry, such as engineering manufacture and repair, and in agriculture. There are also opportunities to train as a metalsmith in the Army developing skills as a welder, sheetmetal worker and blacksmith. Many blacksmiths are self-employed, especially artistic blacksmiths.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
739
1.5 %
RISE
2023
750
  United Kingdom
2018
3640
1.2 %
RISE
2023
3683

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Artists Blacksmiths Association (BABA)
Website: http://www.baba.org.uk/

British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA)
Tel: 024 7669 6595
E-mail: headoffice@bfba.co.uk
Website: http://www.bfba.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forge-Farrier-200144323970/

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