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Nationwide Announces 2018 Apprentice Assistance Scheme

Nationwide have now been providing financial support to young people who have chosen a career in jewellery for fifteen years.
Initially, Nationwide awarded several annual scholarships to students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts (Jewellery) course at Sturt University.

In 2009 the total financial support provided was substantially increased and re directed to an assistance scheme so that every Nationwide apprentice could benefit.

Every Nationwide member has now been sent the 2018 Apprentice Assistance Scheme application form.

Nationwide also assist apprentices via its Apprentice of the Year Award. Apprentices are judged based on a skill based task, with the winner receiving a perpetual trophy and a prize valued at $1,000.00.

In addition, Nationwide awards a $1,000 travel prize to the winner of its “Rising Star” award. Any staff member 25 years or under, is eligible for nomination.

So far, under the various support schemes, Nationwide has contributed in excess of $140,000 to young people in our industry.

“For our industry to grow and prosper we are going to need more highly trained professionals.” said Nationwide Managing Director, Colin Pocklington. “As a major player in the jewellery industry, we recognise our obligation to support and encourage young people in enhancing their skills and experience.”

Image attached – Nationwide 2017 Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Kitchen(Diamond Boutique, Canberra) receiving the Nathan Cameron

Perpetual Trophy from Judy Cameron.

For further information contact
Colin Pocklington
02 9418 0000


About Nancy Aymond

Nancy is a freelance writer and editor. As well as writing news stories about her favorite pastime, jewellery, she also writes in various other genres as well as operating two websites.

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