Internship programme enhances skills

18 March 2019 | Business

Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) has given four students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) the opportunity to hone their skills in the corporate workplace last year.

The four interns concluded their one-year contract at the end of February this year. They were employed in different divisions within the company, including human resources, procurement, and sales and marketing.

The students participated actively in daily duties alongside permanent employees, and were also given tasks to complete on their own, making them as much part of the company as any permanent employee.

The interns agreed it is imperative that companies have internship programmes.

According to them, internships help young graduates to kick-start their careers because finding employment without experience has become impossible in the job market, with graduates competing with those that are already employed for years.

EME is currently reviewing new interns for the coming year to give another group of aspiring young job seekers exposure to world of permanent employment to better their skills and insights of a very competitive business world.

Dr Martha Uumati, the managing director, said the company introduced its internship training programme in March 2018 give young students and graduates the opportunity to enhance their practical skills while gaining insights into the corporate working environment. This initiative is in direct support of government initiatives to close the skills shortage gap

One of the interns, Orlanda Kambindangolo, who is busy with her Bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management, said through being in a professional work environment and gaining the necessary technical skills and knowledge, Erongo Marine helped her gain the necessary professional soft skills such as communication, punctuality and time management.

Roseline Kauueha, another intern, recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in human resource management. “I was given the privilege of working directly with the HR manager. I was exposed to all aspects of human resource management and was able to contribute to the smooth operation of the department. In addition, I also gained insight into activities of other departments like operations and procurement.”

She wants to obtain a master’s degree in HR in future, but for the time being has to compete in the job market for a permanent position.

Andrina Nekongo labelled her internship experience educative and said it was a remarkable journey which she used to showcase her abilities and skills, gain more knowledge and increase her self-confidence.

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