Education Providers Programme aims to make new skills more accessible.
The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) has unveiled its new Education Providers Programme at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham today (February 1), aiming to raise the performance of the UK jewellery industry through the sharing of education and training.
The online resource focuses on a centrally compiled schedule of education and training courses for store owners, managers and their individual employees to register on. The resource will be made available to both NAG members and non-members.
The database, which will include courses by Gem-A, the National Pawnbrokers Association, Holts Academy and the Birmingham Assay Office, has been designed to create a “central hub of education to the jewellery trade by attracting valuable partners and passing on knowledge and skills to raise the overall performance of the industry,” according to an official NAG statement.
NAG members will be offered discounts in some cases to encourage them to consider further training.
NAG chief executive Michael Rawlinson commented: “Training is vital to the owners, management and individual colleagues of stores of all sizes, to keep abreast of new trends and products as well as new consumer habits and legalities. For the first time, we have created a database of all education courses across all providers, with the aim to make it easier for everyone to source the best courses that suit their individual needs. This will help raise the standard of training and the value of our consumer services and offerings, resulting in greater profitability for store owners.
“We’re delighted to be able to extend our resource outside of our membership, to attract as many like-minded employers and employees to help raise the bar in jewellery trading.”
More information about the Education Providers Programme can be found at J&WB hall 18, stand K61.