Skillsmart to work on scheme which will help retailers find staff.

The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) has announced the launch of an apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with Skillsmart, the retail apprenticeship training agency.

The move follows more than a year of discussion by the NAG on the relative benefits and drawbacks of hiring apprentices. It will now focus on getting young apprentices into retail positions.


A release from the NAG said: “With the current jobs market showing almost 25% of all 18 to 24 year olds unemployed and many who have been forced to take part-time positions to fill a gap in their finances – it seems that industries can no longer rely on government to find a solution. We need to be looking at ways in which we can start bringing these young people in the work place ourselves.”

The NAG will now work closely with Skillsmart to help smaller jewellery retailers find staff that are enthusiastic about building a career in retail.

As a result the NAG is now putting out a call to interested parties in central London, Derbyshire, the North East, Manchester, South and West Yorkshire and the South West. Those interested should contact the NAG’s education department.