The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has partnered with the Black Jewellery Quarter to launch “culturally relevant” jewellery training to young adults in Birmingham, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Norman Jean Baton approached the trade body for support in delivering the training under the banner of the MasterPeace Academy.
Training from the guild’s eight tutors will last for six months, part-time, and graduates from the programme will leave with a fully-funded Level 2 City and Guilds Jewellery Manufacturing qualification.
Students will also be exposed to African Caribbean heritage and culture and will learn basic Swahili.
Banton said: “The MasterPeace Academy will make technical training and fresh opportunities accessible to local young people whilst bringing diversity, inclusion, fresh lifeblood and energy to the British Jewellery Trade, presenting hope for a brighter, more colourful future for all involved.”