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Apart from training to become a jeweller, there are many different directions to take when embarking upon a career in the jewellery industry such as; a gemstone setter, a diamond and/or gemstone grader, a wholesaler or supplier, a watchmaker, a CAD designer, a sale consultant, retail management, visual merchandising, gemmologist, manufacturing and production, polisher or plater, marketing, PR, and administration. You can search for current job openings here.

To become a trade qualified jeweller you are required to under take an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom education - commonly a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture. The apprentice will learn, from an employer, the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade. The term of the apprenticeship depends on what state you undertake the apprenticeship in, they are between 4 and 5 year contracts. The classroom education is undertaken at registered training organisations around Australia, commonly TAFE institutes.

Tertiary Education

If you are interested in starting a career in the jewellery industry, you may contact the institutes or academy in your state for more information on jewellery related courses. You may also wish to contact universities that run design/art related courses for more information.

How to get an apprenticeship

If you would like more information about what an apprenticeship is and what's involved, take a look at the following website

We suggest you try the following to find an apprenticeship:

  1. Approach employers at companies you would like to work for. Visit the workplace and speak with the employer. They may offer you a trial and remember to leave a copy of your resume. Show your passion - take some drawings to show your design potential or pieces you have made.
  2. Contact the TAFE campus which runs the course that is done in conjunction with the jewellery apprenticeship. Often employers looking for an apprentice will contact the TAFE and seek out details of those looking for work.
  3. Check our site regularly for new job vacancies  - click here

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