Coalition Moves Quickly On Watchmaker Shortage

The watch and jewelry industries' "Coalition for Watchmaker Education" (CWE), formed in late 2000, is moving quickly to deal with the alarming shortage of qualified watchmakers and repairers in America. It is gathering defining data on U.S. watchmakers, developing professional education requirements, and devising ways to attract qualified high school students. Further action will be taken at CWE's February meeting. The CWE includes representatives from the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWI), the world's largest horological organization; the American Watch Association (AWA), whose members include the most important U.S. suppliers; the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FSWI), representing that industry in America; Jewelers of America (JA), the largest association of U.S. jewelers; and such leading watch names as Rolex, Piaget, and the Swatch Group. The coalition was f

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