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Birmingham Jewellers eligible for 50% funding for New Jewellery Valuation Qualification

22 Oct 2020


Small and medium-sized jewellery businesses (including jewellery retailers, auctioneers, pawnbrokers and second-hand/ antique jewellery specialists), based in the Birmingham developed area, are eligible to apply for funding for the NAJ’s newly published valuation qualification, the ATHE Level 3 JET Certificate in the Foundations of Appraisal Practice (Jewellery, Silverware and Watches).

Sourced by the NAJ Education Team, and offered by the European social Fund, Jewellers can support new and existing staff members with the Valuation programme as it is an Ofqual-regulated qualification.

Available to NAJ members in Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch and the Wyre Valley, the funding is available as part of a new £12M ‘Supplier Skills Programme’ grant to help transform capability and capacity of workforces.

View ATHE Level 3 JET Certificate in the Foundations of Appraisal Practice (FoAP) 

Speaking about the opportunity, Marie Garnett, NAJ’s Head of Education said,

“Although only regional to the Birmingham area, this is a great opportunity for jewellery businesses to put staff members through the newly updated NAJ Valuation Qualification, at a substantially reduced price.”

“The Foundations of Appraisal Practice qualification is a blend of theory and practical, and the modernised assessment methods mean that students take assignments instead of a final exam, unlike it’s predecessor, the Certificate in Appraisal Theory.

“We’re constantly on the lookout for funding opportunities like this across the UK, so it’s always best to register an interest with the Education team about any learning and development needs, whether NAJ programmes or not.”

The Supplier Skills Programme is managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC) and delivered in conjunction with several strategic partners, which include Creative Alliance, Kaplan, Skills Training UK, Birmingham Adult Education Service (BAES), Make UK (EEF) and SMMT Industry Forum. 

Funding Round 1 is now open, and BCC is encouraging SME’s to apply before the deadline of 18th December 2020.


More details about FoAP

FoAP qualification teaches the basic theories, methodologies and good working practices needed to become a competent valuer of jewellery, silverware and watches.

It is just the start of the aspiring valuer’s long journey in achieving their eventual goal of becoming a professional valuer and is one of the pre-requisites of joining as a full practising member of the NAJ’s Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV), the recognised professional body for valuers of jewellery, silverware and watches in the UK.

Members and Fellows of the IRV appear on an additional supplier directory with the NAJ, which helps members of the public and the trade find valuers near to them, or find specialist valuers in the Institute.

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Source: The National Association of Jewellers