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EDITOR’S LETTER


“It’s diffi cult to get a quality candidate through the door and be confi dent that they’ll have what it takes.”


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November 2013 | jewelleryfocus.co.uk


MICHAEL NORTHCOTT MA Editor, Jewellery Focus


t’s tempting nowadays to dismiss any piece of government ‘policy’ as empty rhetoric, and many employers have been sceptical about the Coalition’s rabbitings-on about apprenticeships. But the British jewellery industry has had them in varying forms for the best part of


a millennium, so this particular wheeze has caught our attention. The truth is, an impending skills gap has threatened the jewellery labour market


for a long time now. Demand for the UK’s world-class jewellery craftsmanship and design is on the rise again as China’s growth slows and its manufacturers turn their attention to its fast-developing domestic market. The problem in closing that gap is that it’s diffi cult to get a quality candidate


through the door and be confi dent that they’ll have what it takes. This month, we’ve taken a look at the jewellery apprenticeships landscape and asked some important questions about where it’s heading. In our regular A Day At The Offi ce feature, we get the low-down on how the


experts ensure black diamonds are the real deal; and in Focus On, we’re checking out Valentine’s jewellery so you can get well ahead of the game. If you have any feedback this month’s features, give us a tweet @Jewellery_Focus.


I hope you enjoy the issue.


THIS MONTH’S COVER FEATURES


Anna Byers jewellery which explores geometric forms, changeable to the wearer’s preference. Shot by Chloe Voller.


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