Job Prospects... At a glance
Job prospects for jewellers are reasonable for the next few years. The relatively strong New Zealand economy is helping to maintain steady employment growth for jewellers. Wages are average, but can be low for unexperienced workers and manufacturing jewellery apprentices.
Jewellers buy and sell jewellery such as necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Many also sell watches. Trade Certified Manufacturing Jewellers also make and repair jewellery.
Retail jewellers can have a variety of training background skills that can be gained on the job, or they can enrol in the first stage of the certificate in Manufacturing Jewellery that apprentices undertake which gives them a good product knowledge base and the JIRBNZ Certificate in Jewellery Manufacturing Theory Level 2.
To work as a Manufacturing Jeweller you need to obtain a Level 4 New Zealand Certificate and become a registered Manufacturing Jeweller. This is done through an apprenticeship and tests. Registration and apprenticeships are managed by the Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand (JIRBNZ). This leads to a New Zealand Certificate in either Manufacturing Jewellery or Watch and Clock Making (Both level 4).
There are also other programs available for people who want to learn about jewellery. Polytechnics and specialist schools offer qualifications at Levels 2-6 in areas such as “Goldsmithing and Jewellery”, “Jewellery Design” and “Manufacturing Jewellery”. Some people also work as contemporary art jewellers, which does not require industry-certified training.
The New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme is available for anyone over the age of 16, and is subsidised by the government. More information on the scheme is on the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.
|New Zealand Certificate in Manufacturing Jewellery (Level 4, Apprenticeship)|
If completed as an employer-funded apprenticeship there may be no fees for the apprentice. As a JIRBNZ registered apprentice and if the employer is a member of one of the contributor industry groups a total of $1425.00 of industry subsidies are applied over the course of the apprenticeship reducing the fees to $4785.00.
The least expensive way to train as a Manufacturing Jeweller is to become an apprentice and learn on the job. That way, you can earn while gaining a qualification.
Completing a jewellery course at a polytechnic or specialist school will usually be more expensive, although prices differ between institutions. Check directly with the course provider for accurate information on fees. The qualifications gained at polytechnics or schools do not form part of the requirements for the apprenticeships in Manufacturing Jewellery or Watch and Clockmaking Level 4. It is recognised there are some cross over skills and these may be applied as a credit to requirements but this is at the discretion of the employer offering the apprenticeship and are assessed on a case by case basis.
Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.
The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.
The Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand looks after apprenticeship training for the jewellery industry. It arranges apprenticeship training nationwide. JIRBNZ also offers Certificate of Jewellery Manufacturing Theory Level 2. This is open to all and recommended as a pre-employment course be it for a retail Jeweller, as an Apprentice Manufacturing Jeweller or a Gems and Jewellery Valuer
The Manukau Institute of Technology offers a Level 4 certificate in Jewellery Techniques, a Level 5 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacture, and a Level 6 Diploma in Advanced Jewellery. Whitireia Community Polytechnic offers a Level 5 Diploma in Jewellery Design. Peter Minturn Goldsmith School offers Level 4-6 qualifications in Goldsmithing and Jewellery. Hungry Creek Art and Craft School offer a Certificate (Level 4) and a Diploma (Level 6) in Jewellery.
Hungry Creek: hungrycreek.ac.nz
The Open Polytechnic: www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz
Peter Minturn Goldsmith School: https://www.jewel.school.nz
Manukau Institute of Technology: www.manukau.ac.nz
The number of students completing a Level 4 Certificate in the broader category ‘Visual Arts & Crafts’ has been between 700 and 950 over the last years. Only a very small portion of graduates with this degree go into jewellery, and even less into Manufacturing Jewellery but it shows that the pool of graduates is fairly stable.
Qualification completions chart
Source: Ministry of Education
The annual income in 2016 for jewellers is estimated to be around $39,000. Inexperienced jewellers and new Manufacturing Jewellery apprentices are likely to start out at the minimum wage or the training wage. The average wage for a Trade Certified Manufacturing Jeweller is around $60,000
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
*Growth projections are based on the wider category “Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers”.
The number of jewellers in employment declined from 2006 to 2013. With the improved economy, employment is projected to increase steadily in the years leading up to 2024. The number of Manufacturing Jewellers remains fairly stable.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
|Overseas||In further study||Receiving a benefit||In employment||Median Salary|
Source: Ministry of Education.
*Two years after completion of L4 Certificate - Visual Arts & Crafts.
‘Overseas’ refers to the percentage of ALL graduates completing this qualification. Other indicators refer only to graduates living in New Zealand.
Two years after completing a Level 4 Certificate in Visual Arts & Crafts most graduates are in further study. Note that only a small fraction of these graduates is employed in the jeweller industry and even less as manufacturing jewellers.
Jewellers are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
The number of online job vacancies for jewellers has varied more than average for all occupations from 2008 to 2016. There was a big decrease in online vacancies from 2014 to 2015.
Jobs advertised chart
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Jeweller vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites. Employment in this industry can also be found by proactive job searching and through connections.
Jewellers can go on to become supervisors or establish their own businesses. Trade certified Manufacturing Jewellers may also branch into valuing.
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level jewellers.
More information on jewellers is available on the Careers New Zealand website.
Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz
The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.
The occupation of jewellers has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for their purpose of this report:
3994 – Jewellers