AYO Technology Solutions will launch the AYO Incubation and Technology Hub, which will concentrate on building digital inclusion through skills development and mentorship.
The move is particularly relevant for its onion shareholders – COSATU, FEDUSA, POPCRU and SACTWU – whose membership stand to benefit from this knowledge transfer, helping to bring the unions and its membership base into the digital era.

To fill the gap in skills that has been created by the exponential explosion in technological advancement, AYO saw the need to develop its own knowledge transfer programmes. The AYO Incubation and Technology Hub will assist the unions to remain relevant, sustainable and true to their mandate of connecting their members to each other and economic opportunity.

The AYO Incubation and Technology Hub will embrace a multi-stepped mentoring approach to developing skills within the company and also to attract and advance BEE developers and tech specialists from external sources.

In addition to these pipelines of potential, AYO is making good on its desire to work closely with its partners and will be identifying a number of candidates from several of its union stakeholders. These bright young people will have the opportunity to gain a foothold on the digital ladder by joining the Hub.

Technology affects almost every industry on earth, clothing and textiles included. So, in order for a sector to stay relevant to its members, the industry needs to embrace the advances that technology can bring.

As the textile sector employs thousands of people, technology has the ability to enhance what they do and indeed, increase income prospects for many of them. By having young people mentored in understanding the dynamics of technology and the impact on the clothing and textile market, the industry as a whole will be well-placed to grow hand-in-hand with the digital era.

Dennis George, general secretary of FEDUSA, comments: “Many of our traditional industries lack the necessary knowledge, skills and equipment to optimally embrace this new technological era. Yet our people have the potential to embrace it. The AYO Incubation and Technology Hub will be ideally placed to assist us in transforming how we as Unions and the business sectors we represent, transform – better communication with our members, better processes leading to better outcomes for all.”

Established in 1996, with a broad base of over 1 000 shareholders including individuals, institutions, unions and several women empowerment groups, AYO listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in December 2017.