A world of op­por­tu­ni­ties for ar­ti­sans

Ar­ti­sans may do man­ual labour, but there is a lot of money to be made

CityPress - - Careers - YVONNE GRIM­BEEK projects@city­press.co.za (see box).

This year, the higher ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment has launched the “decade of ar­ti­sans” un­der the slo­gan: “It’s cool to be an ar­ti­san in the 21st cen­tury.”

Given that we are not pro­duc­ing enough skilled ar­ti­sans, the fo­cus on ar­ti­sanal skills is aimed at pro­duc­ing 30 000 skilled ar­ti­sans by 2030.

This is what Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Blade Nz­i­mande had to say: “Com­plete your work­place train­ing and this will put you in a bet­ter po­si­tion to se­cure full-time em­ploy­ment or ac­quire the nec­es­sary skills for self­em­ploy­ment.”

Next week, we look at the re­quire­ments you need to be­come an ar­ti­san. SMS any ques­tions you might have about a ca­reer as an ar­ti­san to 34263 us­ing the key­word ‘AR­TI­SAN’. Please in­clude your name. SM­Ses cost R1.50 each If you are in grades 9 or 10 and in the process of choos­ing a ca­reer, lis­ten up – there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for ar­ti­sans.

At present, South Africa pro­duces 12 000 skilled ar­ti­sans yearly, which falls way short of the 30 000 we need a year.

Ac­cord­ing to Stats SA, we have a youth un­em­ploy­ment rate of 3.5 mil­lion – that’s a scary 50.5% of the to­tal youth pop­u­la­tion.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. If you are in­ves­ti­gat­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, look a bit fur­ther afield than the fa­mil­iar jobs out there.

Are you good with your hands? Do you like be­ing your own boss and mak­ing money? Are you bat­tling to find fund­ing for ter­tiary stud­ies?

If your an­swer to any of these ques­tions is “yes”, con­sider a ca­reer as an ar­ti­san.

For­get those old sto­ries about grease mon­keys with dirty nails. Be­ing an ar­ti­san might mean man­ual labour, but the re­sults are fi­nan­cially more than worth­while.

There is a large base of job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ar­ti­sanal field

Com­plete your work­place train­ing and this will put you in a bet­ter po­si­tion to se­cure full-time em­ploy­ment or ac­quire the nec­es­sary skills for self­em­ploy­ment HIGHER ED­U­CA­TION MIN­IS­TER BLADE NZ­I­MANDE

PHO­TOS: MUNTU VI­LAKAZI

BRIGHT SPARK A young man welds at Newneben Weld­ing and Fab­ri­ca­tion Work­shop. Based in Troyeville, east of Joburg, the work­shop spe­cialises in fenc­ing, bur­glar proof­ing and stain­less steel works

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