(Above) GJSCI Executive Director & CEO Rajeev Garg (top row, third from right) with candidates who successfully cleared their assessment at a certification ceremony in IIGJ, Mumbai.
Gem and Jewellery National Relief Fund (GJNRF), a charitable institution run by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), provided funds for the training and certification of 50 artisans in micro pave setting for jewellery.
The training was assessed by the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI), the industry body tasked with enhancing and upgrading of worker skills in the gem and jewellery sector.
Sanjay Kothari, Chairman of both GJSCI and GJNRF, informed that the training lasted around 150 hours and was carried out over a period of 4-5 weeks. Nearly half of the certified jewellery artisans have been successfully employed by companies such as Kama Schachter, Uni-Design, Jasani and Intergold. The remaining candidates would also be placed very soon in similarly reputed companies, GJSCI informed.
In a statement, GJSCI noted that the pandemic-driven migration of workers to their hometowns in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Rajasthan, etc. has led to a major vacuum among the skilled workforce in the gems and jewellery industry. Kothari envisioned reaching out and filling this vacuum of highly skilled artisans by offering funds for the fresh training of candidates and providing employability. In a subsequent industry study, the job role of ‘microsetter’ was identified as having maximum demand.
The candidates who successfully cleared their assessment were felicitated in a certification ceremony at IIGJ, Mumbai. Rajeev Garg, Executive Director & CEO, GJSCI welcomed all the dignitaries and candidates and briefed the audience about this special project. Bharat Vaswani, Head of Institute, IIGJ was the Chief Guest at the ceremony.
Mr. Sanjay Kothari assured GJNRF would continue to fund such projects and also assist with providing placements to these candidates.