SPI assists start-ups and small businesses overcome barriers to entry in the PGM jewellery making sector. The variety of services we offer are designed to make it possible to jumpstart a career in jewellery manufacturing. Through the SPI programme, you can build your business from basics to boom within the three years of incubation.
We have state of the art equipment necessary to manufacture jewellery. This is too costly for an individual or a small start up business to afford. Tenant enterprises and training centre students have access to this machinery, as well as the centre infrastructure, equipment and facilities in order to undertake complex tasks and deliver quality orders to clients on time.
Platinum is the single largest cost for manufacturing jewelers. This makes it hard for small enterprises to have a consistent supply to meet urgent orders. The SPI assists tenants to borrow PGM metals to fulfill their orders.
To help interested individuals acquire the skills required for jewellery manufacturing, the SPI has teamed up with ORBIT FET College. The College teaches a National Certificate in Jewellery Manufacturing in a mass production environment. This certificate is an accredited NQF Level 3 certificate. The course syllabus is based on jewellery industry-related projects. In addition, students have the opportunity to be tutored and advised by experienced mentors in the trade while involved in learnerships organised by the SPI with local manufacturers and tenants in the centre.
Because we have strong links with the South African jewellery manufacturing industry, we are able to call on experienced advisors to assist tenants and share information on what works and what doesn’t in the jewellery manufacturing industry. These interactions are helpful for start-up businesses and provide beneficial information to grow the business.
The centre is able to assist tenants reach their clients and to distribute platinum jewellery in and around South Africa. In addition to local markets, the SPI helps tenants with information and support to take part in international trade and industry shows that opens opportunities tenants to sell their products internationally and form distribution networks in other countries.
There are many opportunities available for jewellery designers today. One can work in any of the following sectors:
The SPI makes sure that all the equipment required to manufacture jewellery is available to tenants to help them produce high quality products on time. Because tenants do not need a lot of money to set up and run their businesses, they are able to grow their businesses in a short period of time while they are part of the incubator.
Security is very important when dealing with precious and expensive materials such as palladium and platinum. Because the Tenants business and the Incubator are housed in one location, they benefit from the high security at very affordable prices, as costs are shared.
Because the SPI offers the right equipment combined with correct training and mentorship, the quality of work produced is of world-class standards.
The clustering together of similar and complimentary enterprises allow small enterprises to reduce costs, improve security and develop ways for manufacturing and marketing their products with greater results through combined and shared use of the scarce limited financial and other resources.
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