The Rise of the Artisan: A guide to careers in the trades
Artisans are neccessary for economic growth in South Africa and around the world.
South Africa needs more trained artisans to successfully implement strategic infrastructure projects including the building of roads, bridges, schools, harbours, power stations, and other social and economic infrastructure. Artisans need to be produced locally to avoid having to import these much-needed skills.
Artisans are qualified and highly skilled people who work mostly with their hands. Gone are the days when you needed a university degree to enjoy a successful career. Trades and artisan careers are in high demand and artisans are earning big salaries!
The South African government, industry and training providers are focussing on training young people in 13 key areas that are critically needed for the economy to grow. These trade areas are:
- Mechanic including Automotive Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Fitter and Turner
- Mechanical Fitter
- Pipe Fitter
Most artisans are trained at TVET colleges but it is also possible for experienced workers to get qualified even if they haven't have formal training. This happens through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
Did you know that there is a critical shortage of Artisans worldwide? It’s also a huge problem in South Africa. There are jobs to be filled and not enough skilled and qualified people to fill them. Large developmental and engineering projects are on the cards but lack of Artisans in South Africa will force these jobs to be filled by outsiders. That’s why Decade of the Artisan is so important – aiming to put South Africans in South African jobs!
The average age of an Artisan is 55 years. This means in a few years time when these Artisans retire, the problem will only get worse. BUT there’s good news! This could be the best career opportunity for South Africa’s youth (men and women). With the right skills training, work ethic and commitment – these jobs could be theirs!
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All about Artisans. What is an Artisan? What kind of Artisans are there? Who pays for Artisan training? What is an apprenticeship?read more »
This section will have ‘help’ articles for Artisans. We will constantly update and write new ones - focusing on learners in Grade 9 who would like to become Artisans - through to training options, career paths - completing Trade Tests or RPL- to finally getting a job!read more »
In this section, we will constantly update you with interesting things relating to Artisans.read more »
A Centre of Specialisation is a department within a public TVET college campus dedicated to training, in partnership with employers, successful, quality artisans in one or more of the priority trades listed above in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the SIP projects and other strategic projects.read more »
In this section we have interviewed apprentices and qualified Artisans. This gives you the chance of meeting Artisans face-to-face (well, almost). Get to know real Artisans in real Artisan jobs!read more »