Training in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing

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					Harmony Jewellery Park, P.O. Box 1, Glen Harmony, 9435

Tel: +27 57 231 2229

Fax: +27 57 217 2592

The Harmony Jewellery School, the first of its kind in the Free State, was inaugurated in November 2000 and has been training students in the art of making jewellery for the last eight years. The project was established through sponsorship by the Government via the United Nations Office for project services (UNOPS) and Harmony Gold Mining Company. The Department of Trade and industry also funded the school with sector specific funding to ensure that the school can build the skills as well as providing the old students with the relevant structures for SMME development and job creation. In 2003 Harmony approached the Central University of Technology of the Free State to be involved with further developments such as the provision in the need for Higher education. The Diploma course was established to assist people to follow a career in Jewellery Manufacturing and design. Currently at least 80 present of the students are bursed by Harmony Gold and the MQA. The students are from nearby townships as well as from labour sending areas. In 2004 we established a learnership programme in coordination with Goldfields FET and have been training learners on a NQF level 3 in jewellery manufacturing in a mass environment. The Programme also serves as a bridging facility for the three year diploma course and provides the basic finishing skills for the nearby factories. The Toroplele Trust was formed for further product development and further capacity building with sector specific development objectives. The THRIP programme in Rapid Prototyping and Computer Aided Design (CAD) was established to support the Trust in research and product development as well as (CAD) training. A casting studio was established to insure that we can develop a facility to serve the needs to develop jewellery hive so that SMME’s don’t need to purchase expensive equipment until they are settled with a customer base as well as a product range. Business plans were forward to the DME; NDA and the DTI for further funding of the Toropele Hive development. The vision is that the Learnerships, the HJS, the Toropele Trust, the THRIP project, Jewellery Manufacturers next to the HJS, and the CUT academic programme, contribute to the development of a Jewellery nucleus. Using the THRIP casting equipment will facilitate a casting service, casting commercial pieces and training persons not from the CUT academic programme.

The Trust finished a feasibility for the development at the Tourism project “Valley of Gold” in Welkom. This will insure further post graduate development as well as SMME development within a tourism market. The Trust will have the right of use of the casting equipment for product and SMME development. This development will insure that there is a Casting and CAD development centre that will provide a service to nearby factories and upcoming SMME’s for a sustainable development CUT is looking at redesigning the CUT Academic Programme so that it will conform with industry needs as well as to develop a feasible product range to insure a long term income. This will expose the students to real markets and will insure that training is sector specific. The idea is to develop a Technology centre: CAD and RP service for the nearby factories to develop design talent in the school and insure further job creation. HJS and Goldfields FET provided the MQA with a New Venture creation development learnership proposal. Post graduate development plan is in coordination with the MQA and see to it that post- grads get the necessary development and experiential training. TRAIN THE TRAINER is a programme in coordination with MQA to insure that trainers are uplifted to meet the standards of local as well as international industry and to insure that we can develop a quality service to students and learners. Kind regards Alta Wessels Harmony Gold Tel:+27 (0) 57 231 2229 Fax:+27(0) 57 2172592 Donation for further development information: Harmony Jewellery School Section 21 Co Reg. No: 200/031428/08 ABSA Randfontein – 334341 Acc no: 4056522022

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