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.
Duncan discussed the science of the artisan.
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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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