When it comes to career guidance and advice, the discussions very seldomly center around trades. There are many instances where students are not presented with trades as an option but rather as an alternative to mainstream studying.
The common misconception centred around trades is that it is a great alternative for individuals who aren’t interested in academics and ‘would much rather work with their hands’. The problem with this is that candidates are often left shocked and despondent when they realize how much theory trades actually involve.
In this post we will explore 5 pros in choosing a career in trades and why it should be considered first and not as an alternate solution.
1) TVET colleges are much more affordable compared to mainstream universities.
2) The demand for trades in South Africa and around the world is increasing.
3) Skills related careers can almost automatically ensure self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship or self start ups. 4) Apprenticeships allow for the candidate to study and gain experience simultaneously. This saves the candidate the trouble of having to gain experience after qualifying, or settling for an entry level paycheck and ensures the candidate is easily absorbed into the workforce.
5) The requirements to pursue a qualification in the trades are attainable from the age of 16.
Government funding and bursaries are available and most TVET colleges are subsidised.
What does it take to be an artisan?
Trade test process:
Do I qualify for a trade test?
Use this easy flow chart to determine if you qualify or meet the criteria.