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Indian Institute of Jewellery (IIJ), an autonomous jewellery institute in the Asia Pacific region, announced the opening for admissions of its new course Jewellery in Organized Retail Management (JOR). The training programme caters to the jewellery retail and lifestyle industry, which are in constant need of skilled manpower. The course commences from October 22, 2007, and the duration of course will be 160 hours, with flexible timings. Job placement opportunities are provided for.

Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Kumar Jatia, chairman and managing director, Modern India Group (promoters of IIJ), said, “Jewellery retailers in the past have approached us to provide their existing employees with training in various areas .We have provided customised training programmes in the last one year to industry players like RBI (MINT) Mumbai, CKC Jewellers Bangalore and Tanishq. It is to meet this specific need of the retail industry that IIJ decided to launch JOR.”

Ashok Minawala, managing director, Palazzio, and chairman, All India Gem & Jewellers Trade Federation, said, “For the first time we will have a programme customised for the jewellery and lifestyle sector. Retailers are of the opinion that JOR would aid them to acquire professionals, which would in turn help them increase their sales and subsequently cut down their cost on training. This will also to an extent solve the high attrition rates the industry has to face.”

A student who has completed the JOR programme will be acknowledged as a ‘Sales Professional’ or a ‘Lifestyle Sales Specialist’ by the jewellery industry.

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