Industry Education: Meeting The Needs Of Jewelers

Training programs help jewelers to compete more effectively by keeping up with advances in the industry These are good times in jewelry and watch education. Advances in gemology and technology have created a host of new courses for schools to teach. And a growing professionalism in the industry has created a body of students willing and eager to learn from these courses. A JCK survey of U.S. and foreign schools and organizations that provide jewelry and watch instruction found that almost half (47%) have seen enrollment increases in some or all of their courses in the past two years. Only 8% saw declines. Half expect enrollment to continue growing through 1998; none expects a decline. Within specific categories, enrollment grew for 60% of those offering jewelry courses, 43% of those with metalsmithing courses and 36% of those with watch and clock courses. Demand: What's spurring

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