How to become a retail jeweller

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a retail or business course at college to get some of the skills needed for this job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Retail Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Business Retail

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths

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You may be able to start in this career by doing a retailer intermediate apprenticeship.

You may also be able to do the British Academy of Jewellery apprenticeship in jewellery retail.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You can get useful retail and customer care experience by volunteering in a charity shop, for example.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to jewellery stores. Employers will usually ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English and maths, or art and design. Retail or customer service experience will be useful.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • arranging displays in windows and show cabinets
  • advising customers on products 
  • taking payments for goods, and issuing receipts and guarantees
  • meeting sales targets
  • using IT systems to manage customer accounts and control stock

Working environment

You could work at a store.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to specialist repairs, store management or buying.

You could open your own business. 

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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