About the Jewellery Training Council
The Jewellery Training Council (JTC) is the current self-governing Industry for the Jewellery Manufacturing Industry. The council provides advice, conversation and validation inclusive and without prejudice on any aspect of the Jewellery Manufacturing Industry.
How the Council Works
The JTC is made up of the Jewellery Manufacturing Industry as a whole. The Council is divided into three independent industries are outlined below:
Training Council and Assessment Review Panel (TCARP) is a panel made up of Manufacturers and has the explicit obligation to review all apprentice work in each state to maintain valid and independent oversite of training outcomes for the Jewellery Manufacturing Industry. They are also responsible for Training Package review and development. The members are chosen from the Industry community and must be qualified Manufacturers who have had apprentices and who's business still currently produces on a commerical basis.
Independent Suppliers and Educators are members with a financial obligation to the JTC by paying a regular membership with allows them to engage with the training delivery of courses that they deliver to the Training Package guidelines.
Industry Community of Manufacturers is the core community and is a made up of Manufacturing Jewellers. Their membership is free and the Training Council Assessment and Review Panel is chosen from this group. Often, communication is derived from social media interactions, industry meetings sand one-on-one engagement with manufacturers.
The Validation Process
Each year in November, all students wishing to progress into the Industry will have their work independently assessed by a JTC Industry Panel of Manufacturers for competency. If successful, they will progress to the next stage of their training or be provided their parchment.
Industry Discussion Required Core Units
To create flexibility for niche market industries, Training Packages Core units need to have a new listing of Industry specific Required Core Units which would follow the generic Training Package Core Units. Industry discussion is therefore required to define and apply what Industry specific required core units would consist of.
Identification of the specific skills each student must gain during their training will allow our Industry to be consolidated and build on a firm foundation for greater business viability.
The challenge of skill inconsistencies and voids comes from some traditional institutes (University and TAFE Systems) allowing individuals into courses when they have not completed the fundamental skills required, as per the Australian Quality Frameworks directive, to enter a higher level of education. As well as the standardisation of training programs within each institution to meet individual institution costing requirements. There has been a significant focus on low cost units delivered to students and the face-to-face contact hours have been significantly cut back.
The Jewellery Manufacturing Industry and small business training is undermined specifically for these reasons:
- Low cost standardisation of program units
- Reduced face-to-face contact hours
- Ineligible people being allows into courses without having the pre-required skills
This has led to several industry short comings:
- Cost to employers in lost revenue as new employees can not do the required tasks and therefore will require further training. This is not associated to individual workshop protocols
- Costs to students of training not fulfilling work place requirements even though they may have done quite well at the course delivered
- Increased work load on small business and employers
- General stress on all individuals associated