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JET Practical Training Days

22 Aug 2019

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When it comes to education there are various aspects to be learnt in order to do the best job – these include knowledge, skills and behaviours.

For example, to be a good jewellery salesperson you need product knowledge – about different types of jewellery, diamonds, coloured gemstones and hallmarking. You also need skills such as how to take a ring size, maybe how to use a microscope and a refractometer. You will need to develop certain behaviours like sales and customer care. While product knowledge can be learnt from academic study – reading a book or study materials or attending a talk or presentation – skills and behaviours need a more active approach to learning, learning that requires you to `have a go’ and practising how to do something.

The NAJ is excited to announce that as of Autumn 2019 it is re-launching its JET Practical Training Days, which will provide an invaluable opportunity for colleagues to get hands-on with some of the theoretical knowledge that is contained in the JET qualifications. For example, there will be the chance to identify coloured gemstones, diamonds and diamond simulants, using the relevant tools. Participants will also learn how to read and interpret hallmarks.

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We are delighted to be teaming up with the UK Assay Offices in London, Birmingham and Sheffield, to offer these days – a collaboration with Edinburgh and Dublin Assay Offices is also on the cards. Not only will participants have access to a training day in their area, but they will also take a tour of the hallmarking floor, learn more about the amazing history of hallmarking and see first-hand the new techniques that are now being used.

Marion Wilson from the Birmingham Assay Office says:

“Our industry needs people who are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and motivated more than ever before. We are pleased to cooperate with the NAJ in delivering these practical sessions. Previous interactive days offered by the Birmingham Assay Office received fantastic feedback and we are confident that delegates will find these courses really worthwhile.”

Emma Paragreen from the Sheffield Assay Office adds:

“The JET Practical Training Days will be of great benefit to anyone working in the trade. Sheffield Assay Office is delighted to be hosting one of the training days and looking forward to facilitating a tour of the premises, enabling participants to see first-hand how the office assays and marks precious metals.”

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Adam Phillips from the London Assay Office says:

“Even with the wealth of information available on multi-media platforms there is nothing better than to gain hands-on experience from people whose wealth of know-how enables them to answer any question you have immediately, giving you the necessary understanding behind the processes.”

Although ideal for students on the JET Certificate or the JET Diploma, the JET Practical Training Days will also be of interest to anyone who wants a hands on introduction to identifying coloured gemstones, diamonds, diamond simulants and hallmarks.

Forthcoming dates are:

Birmingham: Thursday, 3rd October 2019
Sheffield: Thursday, 23rd January 2020
London: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

To book visit, email or call 0121 237 1135.

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