A world of opportunities for artisans
Artisans may do manual labour, but there is a lot of money to be made
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
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