Kraatz pushing skills development

The Kraatz internship program has played a significant role for students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).

11 December 2019 | Business

Another nine NIMT students were taken on board the Kraatz internship program at the company based in Walvis Bay.

They will be trained for the working environment by de­veloping their knowledge and enhancing their skills.

Specializing in boiler-making, welding, and fitting and turning, the interns will do their job attachment at Kraatz, which is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group.

They will gain ­practical ­experience for the job market, and be exposed to the industrial and mining ­division, workshop, and also in the ­marine and offshore division where they are exposed to the ship repair industry.

Students on the program are ­mentored and coached by ­master craftsmen in the engineering ­sector, both locally and inter­nationally. According to the manager for human capital at the company, Roberto January, the internship program continues to grow from strength to strength.

“This program is an integral part of the Kraatz journey of being a catalyst for positive change in a country where skills shortages appear to be one of our significant challenges.

“We are also dedicated to adding value locally.”

Kraatz has invested in the skills development of 121 NIMT students since the introduction of its internship program in 2011.

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