Artisan & Apprenticeship Group


Skills-universe members who are either qualified artisans, or have an interest in artisans

Many skills-universe come in to the site on a Friday to update themselves before the weekend. So in a deeply depressing world, it is so good to be able to report on a South African success.

An invitation from the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with the Deparment of Higher Education and Training - to a two day symposium and conference and planning session.
The first day symposium programme covers Assessment, RPL, and Mentor development. Participate to make a contribution to the draft ARM policy.

Dear skills-universe members,

My thanks to Maryna at the ASDSA for bringing this roadshow calendar to my attention.

A roadshow organised by the Department of Higher Education and Training, which according to the poster is a consultative roadshow intended for all stakeholders interacting with the various aspects of artisan development:

Hi everyone,

I have recently joined Skills-Universe and I would like to thank you all for all the useful information on the site in general.  I am very passionate about training and developing the skills of young people.  I have one concern though.  Why isn't Electronics seen as part of the other artisan related occupations like Electricity, Tool Making, Boiler making, Plumbing, etc.?

We conduct Training for anyone that wants to be involved in Industrial Automation. By equipping Artisans and Students with 'Advanced Technical Skills' will assist them in becoming more workplace employable. Our specialized training programs cover Industrial Electrical, Pneumatics, AC Drives, Electronics and PLC’s.We at Umbilo Training Specialists pride ourselves as being Training Pioneers that has evolved with the times.

Are you involved in artisan training, assessment, moderation or verification?  Do you develop training material for artisan qualifications? Or are you an AQP, QAP, or DQP? 

Please see attached document published by Department of Higher Education & Training for comment:

Policy Artisan RPL draft for comment

The NAMB section of DHET has issued a document for comment, which is of interest to apprentices and technical trainers:

  • The National Artisan Development Trade Test Pass Rate and Quality Improvement Strategy 2015.

DHET NAMB National Artisan Development

For those who may want to comment but have not yet the  Regulations issued in May 2015, those are attached here as well:

Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana on Friday 28 August 2015 urged hundreds of high school learners and youth not in education or training to consider career paths in artisanship, saying it was cool to be an artisan in the 21st century.

 He said if more youth took up artisanships, there would be a more skilled workforce to contribute to economic growth and development.

TEK-MATION Training Institute is based in Jacobs, Durban. We train and trade test: Instrument Mechanicians, Electricians, Refrigeration and Airconditioning, Welders and Fitters. TEK-MATION also offers the Engineering Studies - N1-N6.Training equipment and process plant manufacture and installation is also undertaken for our clients.

For those working with artisan development, Minister Nzimande has issued a very interesting document for public comment, entitled: Draft National Artisan Development Trade Test Pass Rate and Quality Improvement Strategy 2015.

The document is issued in terms of the sections of Skills Development Act dealing with the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) and the development of a national register of artisans.

The document sets out the "New" 7 steps:


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