Natalie Zimmelman, General manager AAT(SA): Vocational training crucial for finance teams


“Our country will fail if vocational training doesn’t take off,” says Natalie Zimmelman, general manager at AAT(SA), the Association of Accounting Technicians in South Africa that operates under the umbrella of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). According to Zimmelman it is crucial that young South Africans acquire skills through technical training. “Otherwise the only options are university or unemployment.”

AAT(SA) started out facilitating training for employees of municipalities, but has now also started programs for provincial and national public sector workers. "We have two messages for CFOs," says Zimmelman. "First of all: train your existing staff. Almost all companies are complaining about the competency levels in their finance team. We can help with that. Secondly: hire technically trained people."

Zimmelman and her colleagues Wandile Yengwa (Development Manager) and Yuven Gounden (Communications) on Tuesday met with Alex van Groningen en Melle Eijckelhoff of networkingorganisation CFO South Africa. The full account of their conversation will appear on this website at a later stage.

An insightful interview with Zimmelman on the role of AAT(SA) and vocational training can be read here.

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