About

The Skillful Artisan training programme aims to empower craft workers and celebrates cultural diversity and heritage all over the world. The Skillful Artisan is a 12-week interactive training programme to improve the link between artisans and markets both local and international. Artisans in remote areas can be skilled in their traditional crafts but due to their often isolated context they can lack sufficient entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of market demands to generate a fair and stable wage. That’s why Butterfly Works created this tailor-made training programme together with our partners.

Increasing income by improving skills

The Skillful Artisan training emphasizes design, business and quality skills. In the training we combine traditional crafts with a contemporary feel so that designs are in line with national and international market trends and demands. By developing artisans’ business skills they can negotiate fairer prices or directly link with the market and decrease the involvement of margin taking middlemen. Lessons on quality control make artisans’ products also suitable for direct trade with (larger) designers or brands. This package gives the artisans a good starting position in gaining market and increasing their incomes.

Better products through quality video lessons

The training is a complete series of video lessons and artisans are not dependent on a specific trainer. Instead of conveying knowledge, trainers can focus on facilitating the practical assignments and the learning process. The videos show the world of design, and make artisans part of it. Understanding where the products end up and being able to respond to that, supports crafts workers in producing products that are better suited for the market.

Reducing social isolation through interactive lessons

Through practical activities the crafts workers are encouraged to meet and share their experiences with each other. This way the training reduces social isolation and facilitates the artisans in extending their networks. This is a gain by itself, but it also enables them to continue to learn from each other also after the training.

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Front line women or men

Frontline women or men have a relatively high status in the community. They have connections with community leaders, can read and/or write or provide accommodation for the training. They want to improve their income for their own family through enlarging their skill set. They also know many artisans in the community and might propose to them to follow the course.

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Artisans

Artisans have learned craft skills from siblings, parents or even grandparents – passed on from generation to generation. With no education after primary school, these skills offer them a way to earn money for themselves and their family. Artisans participate in the training to improve their craft skills as well as develop new skills to better position themselves in the market. The training can provide them with an education and better opportunities to find a job.

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Leaders of small or medium sized factory

Leaders of small factories are managing groups of craft workers. The managers take their corporate social responsibility seriously and might even want to be an example to other factory owners and managers. To improve working conditions and increase sales they offer additional trainings. Through the lessons, their employees improve existing skills and learn about the world of design.

Frontline women or men have a relatively high status in the community. They have connections with community leaders, can read and/or write or provide accommodation for the training. They want to improve their income for their own family through enlarging their skill set. They also know many artisans in the community and might propose to them to follow the course.

Artisans have learned craft skills from siblings, parents or even grandparents – passed on from generation to generation. With no education after primary school, these skills offer them a way to earn money for themselves and their family. Artisans participate in the training to improve their craft skills as well as develop new skills to better position themselves in the market. The training can provide them with an education and better opportunities to find a job.

Leaders of small factories are managing groups of craft workers. The managers take their corporate social responsibility seriously and might even want to be an example to other factory owners and managers. To improve working conditions and increase sales they offer additional trainings. Through the lessons, their employees improve existing skills and learn about the world of design.

Butterfly Works

Ms. van Riemsijkweg 57
1033 RC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

tel. +31204711780
www.butterflyworks.org