WOSTEP, CWE Work on Watch Training

On Feb. 28, the board of the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program (WOSTEP), the training center for the Swiss watch industry, approved a plan to modify its training program for use in the United States. The new program is designed to attract young Americans to the watchmaking industry. The proposal came from the watch and jewelry industries' Coalition for Watchmaker Education (CWE), which gave the go-ahead to the idea at its Feb. 22 meeting, and was submitted to WOSTEP on CWE's behalf by the U.S. office of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH). The proposal calls for dividing WOSTEP's two-year, 3,000-hour course into two parts—basic and advanced—for U.S. students. Specific details were still being worked out at press time, but "basically, WOSTEP is going to work with us [the Coalition] in doing this," says Peter Laetsch, president of FH (SA) and cha
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