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NAJ to launch millennial-led steering group

The National Association of Jewelers (NAJ) is calling on millennials to form a new steering group.

The steering group will aim to give millennials – which by 2020 will form 50% of the global workforce – a platform to voice their ideas, while at the same time looking at how the industry can remain attractive to a younger generation.

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A statement from the association read: “The [NAJ] has recognised the need for a space where millennials in the industry can get together and show off our generation for what it really is; one which seeks networking opportunities, leadership and challenges.”

The steering group will be led by diamond dealer Danielle Chib, who is looking for other millennials who are passionate about getting their voice and ideas heard.

Chib will arrange and organise events to enable members to meet and learn from each other in a “casual environment”.

Michael Rawlinson CEO of the NAJ, told Jewellery Focus that it’s important for the industry to “nurture and support” the millennials within the sector.

“They will be the flag bearers for the industry’s ongoing success, and we need to invest in their development and ensure their participation in guiding the future direction of the industry right now. I’m delighted the association can play its part in making this happen,” he said.

To learn more about the steering group or to express an interest in joining, millennials in the trade can contact Chib on dchib@celsteel.co.uk.

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