Become an Artisan

Win a Bursary to become an Artisan

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What is an Artisan?

An artisan is someone that works with their hands to create unique, functional and/or decorative items using traditional techniques. Artisans are masters of their craft and create products such as clothes, toys, tools or furnishings. 


An electrical artisan is someone who repairs and maintains basic and industrial “household appliances” and electrical equipment such as ovens, microwaves, toasters, kettles and any other similar electrical equipment.


An instrumentation artisan is someone who maintains, repairs and installs instruments that are used to measure pressure levels, temperature, and flow on a manufacturing plant.


Automotive electricians install, maintain, identify faults and repair electrical wiring and computer-based equipment in motor vehicles and related equipment, such as caravans, trailers, earthmoving equipment, and mining equipment.


A millwright is a high-precision craftsman or skilled tradesman who installs, dismantles, maintains, repairs, reassembles, and moves machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.


A mechanical artisan is able to clean, repair and maintain machinery, and pays close attention to detail when making inspections. They are an essential part of every step in the manufacturing process, from fabrication, all the way through to installation of machinery. 

Boilermaker / Welder

Boilermakers/Welders are skilled professionals who are able to manufacture and repair a variety of metal structures and tools. Welders are an important part of many different industries, from automotive, all the way through to construction.

Your future as an Artisan

There is a severe shortage of tradespeople in South Africa, and this is a huge opportunity for you to get a free qualification AND work experience – courtesy of the Artisan Training Foundation.

If you win, you will attend the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) for formal training, and be placed by ATI with a company for workplace training. Finally, you will complete the Trade Test to become a fully qualified artisan in just 3 years.

The bursary will cover tuition fees and lunch at ATI for the periods that the learner is at the ATI campus.


Step 1: Apply

Once you click the Apply Now button you will be tasked to complete a basic form which asks questions to see whether your suited to become an Artisan or not. It shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes to complete. Good luck. 

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Step 2: Assessment

Once you have completed your application, your screening form will be reviewed by The Knowledge Trust team. If you meet the basic requirements for this opportunity, you will be invited to complete a 2-hour online assessment via the Artisan Training Institute. 

This assessment is rigidly marked and will determine who makes it to the final round!

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