Gone are the days in which you needed a university degree to maintain a successful career. Artisans are qualified and highly skilled people who work mostly with their hands. Trades and artisan careers are in high demand and are earning big salaries. This is how and why you should become an artisan.
Why qualify to become an artisan?
There are many reasons to become an artisan. Taking this career path allows you to grow your knowledge and skill set. Every job is different, especially in the beginning. This will allow you to put your skills into practice and it provides experience that benefits you throughout your professional career. An artisan career provides independence and opportunities for you to work for yourself. You can work when and where you want and structure the business in a way that works for you.
As an artisan your potential earnings are determined by you. There is no limit to how much or how little you make in a month. Putting in the effort to make informed and strategic business decisions help you achieve your desired outcome.
What you need to qualify
Requirements for becoming an artisan area minimum of 40% in Mathematics at a grade 9 level or National Certificate (Vocational) Level 02, which excludes mathematical literacy.
All pathways end with a trade test at a national trade test centre that is accredited by the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO). In order to call yourself a qualified artisan, you must pass this test.
How to qualify with IETI
IETI’s mission is to train and develop you and your skills in order to promote independence, sustainability of income, and enhancement of quality of life.
Apprenticeships, which is a route of learning and gaining a national qualification either through the following:
- NQF Level qualifications better known as Learnerships
- Occupational Qualifications registered by the Qualifications Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) within the National Qualification Framework level 4.
- IETI offer short practical courses that provide you with skills and practical knowledge to help you find gainful employment.
- IETI also offers Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for learners who have acquired skills through their working experience or through past training or informal learning but have no formal qualification.
In South Africa, the government funds and supports artisan training, as there is a need for experienced and qualified artisans to carry out national development plans. Contact IETI to learn more about the courses they offer.