GIA Trains 300 Gem & Jewellery Professionals - The Institute collaborates with the GJSCI STAR Scheme to help develop workforce


MUMBAI: Since the start of 2014, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), in collaboration with the Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI), has trained nearly 300 professionals in Mumbai and Surat through the Institute’s globally recognised gem and jewellery education programmes. The initiative, which is part of the GJSCI’s STAR Scheme, aims to develop a qualified workforce throughout India. GIA plans are currently underway to expand offerings to centres throughout the country and to train an additional 300 people over the next three months.  
    
“We are pleased to support GJSCI’s initiative to help develop a skilled workforce. GIA has always reinforced education as a means to drive the industry and create opportunities. A trained staff with upgraded skill sets can improve productivity and the quality of work,” said Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA in India and the Middle East. “The positive feedback about our diamond courses has been tremendous, and we plan to expand the scope of training to include jewellery design, retail and other courses.”
 
The National Skill Development Council – whose mission is to narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills throughout India – identified the gem and jewellery industry as a high growth sector. As a result, the GJSCI was established in July 2012 to fulfill the growing need for trained employees.
 
“A qualified workforce is necessary for business growth. GIA’s world-renowned training has helped further GJSCI’s mission by upgrading skills, knowledge and qualifications in the global gem and jewellery market”, said Prem Kothari, chairman of the GJSCI.
 
As an affiliated training partner of the GJSCI, GIA will offer courses in gemstone grading, design, retail sales and more. An advanced polished diamond assorting course was the first GIA offering in the STAR scheme. Courses are taught by the Institute’s qualified instructors, and attendees receive world-class training. Various companies thus far, including Shri Ramakrishna Exports, Hari Krishna Exports, Shairu Gems and Karp Impex, have added value to their businesses by participating in these training courses.
 
“GIA’s training combined theory with practical application, which helped with technical concepts like cut, symmetry and ways to identify synthetics and treatments. GIA’s qualified instructor and student handbook added a lot of value to the overall experience,” said Alpesh Shah of K Girdharlal. “GIA’s training was informative and skill enhancing for our participants. The course was systematic and easy to understand through step-by-step learning,” added Siddharth Mehta of Shairu Gems.