Ceramicist, bookbinder, … Arts and crafts are characterized by a great variety of domains. Subject to competition, many small craft enterprises must find “niches” to exist.
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Of the arts and crafts to Art, workshops for SMEs…
Most arts and small trade enterprises are SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). They coexist with all small workshops or factories. The majority is concentrated in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
This small area brings together various status: craftsmen, businessmen, employees, a few artists and rare officials. They work often alone or in family. Opportunities vary according to the activities. Some local tradesmen are struggling to find any buyers.
Areas recruit, such as building (stonemason, sculptor, engraver, Carver…) and furniture (joiner in seats, turners, upholsterer, gilder-framer…), while others, such as the textile, suffer from competition from countries where labour is cheap.
Combining tradition and innovation
There are 278 crafts across 22 sectors. Some are known to the general public (cabinetmaker, jeweler); others, much less (screen-printed, Glover). Their common point? Expertise unmatched to transform material and producing objects (unique pieces, small series) of an artistic character.
In terms of workforce, woodworking and jewelry are at the top, followed by textiles, stone, graphic arts, leather and Earthmovers. There, in smaller numbers, bookbinders and glass blowers. 80 000 people are the hard core of the trade sector in Australia.
Whatever the activity, the tradition must combine with innovation. These professionals work for the preservation and restoration of heritage, providing their know-how to the museums and historical monuments. The craftsmen are also working in the field of the creation in connection with individuals, decorators or designers.
Training for tradie jobs
More than 1 000 institutions allow to form one of the tradesmen of tomorrow, including professional schools and internships.
In craftsmanship, there are 80 certificate of professional competence certificates to acquire the gestures of the trade industry.
Apprenticeship courses are very popular and training continues in professional practice on the side of more experienced craftsmen.
Some industries are even facing a shortage of workforce