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LILIAN LOUSKY, creative director of Tresor Paris, on the best advice she’s ever been given and how she got to where she is today.

adapt and cope with anything that comes my way.

Which aspects of your job do you enjoy and why? I am fortunate to be able to say that I enjoy all aspects of my job. It can at times be hard work but I like to be involved in all parts of Tresor Paris from creating to meeting clients to attending events with celebrities. I especially enjoy being surrounded by inspirational people at the many charity events that I attend and it really makes me appreciate what I have.

Describe yourself in three words. Hard-working, creative and determined.

When you were at school, what did you want to be and why? I actually studied optometry when I was younger as I wanted to do something relating to biology or genetics. I fi nd it fascinating how you inherit your appearance and traits are able to use that to manage inherited diseases. I love reading and researching biology books as it makes you aware of what is happening both inside and out!

How did you get to be where you are today? I would say with the support of my family as they are the biggest infl uence. I have been brought up and taught that you can achieve anything with hard work. Also the fact that I come from a diff erent cultural background has taught me to be a strong person able to

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What is your proudest achievement outside of work? I am a proud mother of teenage twins who keep me busy and entertained. It makes me proud watching them develop and seeing what they have achieved so far. Family is always a priority and I appreciate the time I get to spend with them as unfortunately there are not always enough hours in the day.

What is the best advice you’ve been given in work or in life in general? To keep an open mind and value people’s opinions: it makes you a much more understanding person. Also to keep calm, relaxed and fi nd something positive in every day to help you achieve your goals.

What is your next goal? I would like for Tresor Paris to expand further globally and into diff erent fi elds, watch this space...


Let’s offer careers, not just jobs

Training does not have stop just because you’ve landed a certifi cate – fi rms should be helping those who are qualifi ed progress even further says Andrew Morton, MD at WB The Creative Jewellery Group

As anyone who knows me will already be aware, I am a huge proponent of training and have very strong views about the need for employers and employees in the UK jewellery industry to embrace more fully the many training opportunities that are now available to them. The government apprentice scheme is a case in point. This

provides a huge boost for those looking for skills training, and at WB The Creative Jewellery Group we already employ four young people in our manufacturing facility who are benefi tting from being involved. It is a pity it has taken so long for this to become available, but the excellence of the courses and the support now being provided by organisations such as Holts and the various jewellery colleges, is undoubtedly making a real diff erence to those wishing to learn traditional bench skills. It is also helping to fi ll a training gap. Let us hope that the scheme will entice more youngsters back into the jewellery production sector. However, in my view, training does not stop at the bench.

A successful business, of any type, needs staff with many diff erent skills to succeed, and at WB we believe the opportunity to learn is essential for all our staff , whether they are working at the bench, at the customer interface, in stock control, design, NPD, fi nance, security or marketing. So committed are we to this ideal that we are soon to introduce a ‘Management Training Programme’ in conjunction with Birmingham University which will be open to everyone in our company interested in getting involved. Internships are another good way to train and at WB we have

a steady stream of talented graduates wanting to come and learn more about the workings of a large commercial jewellery manufacturer. This is mutually benefi cial: so much so that two recent interns, who came to us to learn about NPD and CAD, now have full time jobs in the company. It is my sincere belief that staff , at whatever level they are

employed, must be off ered not simply a job but rather a career if they are to be truly motivated and give their best. Thus, off ering training opportunities to all, with the chance to learn and progress, is a key ingredient for a truly successful business. | November 2013

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