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“Skills bring us together. Everyone is a winner”

Trained as a teacher, Ayesha became involved in developing skills in the mid to late 1980s whilst still in Zimbabwe, as an extension of her voluntary work in Adult Basic Education and Training – teaching basic language and numeracy to adults who did not manage to get to school.

In 1993 together with COSATU, she attended the Metal Engineering Industries Training Board’s consultative meetings to consult with labour on what they envisaged for the skills landscape in a free South Africa. This involved repackaging the occupational curriculum and understanding the education and training needs both from a skills perspective for the needs of the economy, and for giving people the chance to “earn while they learn on the factory floor”.

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