Diamond supply chain technology company HB Antwerp has unveiled plans for the launch of a new training academy for jewellers and diamond specialists.
HB Academy will be based in Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world, with the company revealing that it will leverage the city’s historical reputation for artisanal craftsmanship with training on the latest technological innovations.
It will include three components: training for prospective diamond specialists, courses for jewellery retailer customer-facing representatives and HB Antwerp’s internal continual education program for its existing employees.
HB Academy will host a technical course for those interested in learning the craft of diamond polishing three times a year, beginning this September.
Eight prospective polishers will be selected for a 12-week training course.
Those who successfully complete the training will be offered a job at HB Antwerp.
Margaux Donckier, director of corporate affairs at HB Antwerp, said: “The combination of innovative technology, experienced craftsmanship and transparency is the hallmark of HB Antwerp.
“HB Academy marks the first full-fledged, Antwerp-based training center for those in the diamond trade in decades.
“HB Antwerp is proud to contribute to the emergence of Antwerp as an international center for diamond knowledge and expertise.”
Meanwhile, Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp, said: “HB Antwerp proves once again the innovative power of Flanders, Belgium.
“Through cutting edge technology and knowledge transfer we are ensuring that our diamond sector remains competitive at an international level.
“With the arrival of the HB Academy, Antwerp has an extra trump card in its hands to prepare the professionals of tomorrow.”