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The De Beers Global Sightholder Sales (DBGSS) Diamond Academy is a technical training establishment, offering an extensive range of training courses and presentations for employees and external customers.

The DBGSS Diamond Academy, located in Gaborone, consists of a team of international instructors, who offer training in both rough and polished diamond grading, aspects of health and safety, and the training of assessors. All instructors have extensive knowledge of the diamond industry and the role played by De Beers.

The academy trains new employees and provides secondary training for experienced team members. It plays a major role in supporting global consistency in rough diamond handling and in the development of new technologies.

Its range of training courses and presentations provided by the academy can be tailored to meet employees’ and clients’ needs on all aspects of rough and polished diamonds.

For example, the academy offers a six-month Diamond Sorting and Valuation Learnership Programme, accredited by the Botswana Quality Authority, which seeks to equip Batswana with knowledge about the country’s diamond industry. Students receive a Certificate of Competence in Diamond Sorting and Evaluation upon successful completion of the programme.

This programme complements De Beers’ corporate social responsibility and values, and fits with our longstanding corporate ethos. Former De Beers Chairman Sir Ernest Oppenheimer said our aim was “to make profits for our shareholders but to do so in such a way as to make a real and lasting contribution to the communities in which we operate”.

To date, one cohort has successfully completed the programme, with a second due to graduate in August 2016. Two of the graduates have recently secured permanent roles within DBGSS and are well on the way to achieving their own diamond dream.

Other diamond courses, varying from one day to six months, are on such topics as diamond identification, manufacturing, and all aspects of polishing and sorting rough diamonds.

Also available are accredited courses on manual handling, training trainers, and assessor training.

The presentations include, for example, half-day sessions on the 4Cs, the diamond pipeline, mining and recovery, crystallography, and colour and inclusions.

In addition, the academy helps to host visitors and special events. 

For further information contact:

Paul Fitzgerald
Diamond Division Academy Manager
+26771353624, +2673716572