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MJSA Mentor & Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeships were once a vital part of the jewelry industry's recruiting and training regimen, allowing businesses to transfer knowledge while also showing younger workers a recognizable career path.

The MJSA Mentor & Apprenticeship Program (MAP) aims to revive this practice. Spearheaded by the MJSA Education Foundation, the program promotes the rewards and benefits of a career designing and making jewelry.

It also provides a package of resources that professional jewelers can use to find qualified workers and train them properly.

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Do you love making and building things?

Do you want to work with your hands?

Do you like visuals more than words?

Then being a bench jeweler may be for you.

Watch the short video below, then explore this site to learn more about an exciting career as a jeweler.

"Why I'm a Jeweler" Video Series

This video series presents jewelers of all types—from students to longtime designers and manufacturers—talking about why they love what they do and how aspiring jewelers can share in that joy.

The first three videos focus on the personal connections made through jewelry ("An Intimate Experience"), how the craft offers many paths for a fulfilling career ("From an Ember to a Flame"), and how jewelry inspires creativity ("Telling a Story").

The videos were funded in part by a grant from the JCK Industry Fund.

An Intimate Experience
From an Ember to a Flame
Telling a Story

Featured Jewelry Training Programs

There are over 215 jewelry training programs in the BEaJEWELER™ schools database. Our featured schools are members of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA), a 115-year-old professional association serving the jewelry industry with education, technical support, ethical guidance, and business practice advice. We encourage you to start your search for your jewelry training and education among our members. And if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, then continue your search in our comprehensive jewelry training database.


If you have questions about MJSA or the MJSA Mentor & Apprenticeship Program, please contact Rich Youmans at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572), ext. 3025, or e-mail him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..