New Skills Academy for jewellery to support jobs
June 6, 2012 – The UK jewellery sector is to benefit from a new investment by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to extend the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural to benefit the jewellery sector.
Led by Creative & Cultural Skills and a broad range of partners including The Goldsmiths’ Company, Holts Academy and the British Jewellers’ Association, the new Skills Academy will build on a significant track record to further enhance and develop career opportunities for talented young people in the jewellery sector, and provide them with the skills needed for the industry to prosper in the current economic climate.
John Hayes MP, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “It is businesses themselves that are best-placed to identify the skills they need to drive growth. This investment is very good news for the creative industries and will help them to overcome the skills gaps that stand in the way of them meeting their full potential.”
Simon Rainer, Chief Executive, British Jeweller’s Association, added: “The BJA is proud to be associated with the increased scope of the National Skills Academy that embraces the UK jewellery industry. For too long we have been looking for a training vehicle to best represent the needs of our industry. I am delighted that a structured and potentially very productive mechanism now exists for the betterment of our membership and the industry as a whole.”
Creative & Cultural Skills is actively seeking partners in this new development project.
Interested parties are invited to attend a series of open meetings across the UK from June onwards.