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Worried about unemployment? South Africa needs (a lot of) artisans!

An artisan is a worker in a skilled trade, often one that involves making things by hand.

Examples of artisanal jobs include boilermakers, fitters and turners, welders, toolmakers, plumbers, etc.

South Africa’s dire shortage of artisans is well documented.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ken Duncan, CEO of The Swiss South African Co-operation Initiative (SSACI), for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Duncan discussed the science of the artisan.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Apprenticeships peaked in, about, 1980.

Ken Duncan

Apprenticeships hit rock bottom in 2003.

Ken Duncan

The number of apprenticeships is, fortunately, picking up.

Ken Duncan

Apprenticeships are back with a bang!

Ken Duncan

The private sector has been slow to come to the party.

Ken Duncan

Artisan skills are not sectorial.

Ken Duncan

Engineering trades are doing very innovative work.

Ken Duncan

Quality is a critical issue. As you lose experienced artisans you lose training capacity.

Ken Duncan

A lot of work is being done on standardising quality.

Ken Duncan

An awful lot of artisans of yesteryear went on to become entrepreneurs or senior managers in companies.

Ken Duncan

Labour regulations make it harder to train apprentices than used to be the case. But they're not the major obstacle they're sometimes seen to be.

Ken Duncan

There is a good life and a good living to be made in the blue-collar trades.

Ken Duncan

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