Old Mutual Namibia recently onboarded new interns in Windhoek in response to the high graduate unemployment rate.
The internship programme, launched last year, saw 17 interns joining the company, with two more set to join in the next couple of months.
The programme runs for a period of six months and is set to create employment opportunities and provide networking platforms for the trainees by equipping them with hands-on experience and exposing them to a diverse work environment.
Speaking at the event, group human capital executive Toini Muteka said the company is committed to the financial well-being of their clients and equally dedicated to sustainability and making a positive impact on the communities they serve.
“Thousands of talented graduates find themselves without exposure to the working world. As a responsible corporate citizen, we are committed to bridging this gap by providing 17 graduates with hands-on experience and the chance to put their knowledge into practice. This opportunity allows them to discover their true potential and explore diverse career paths within the working world.”
Muteka said the most rewarding aspects of the internship programme are the wealth of networking and learning opportunities that the interns will be exposed to,
She urged the interns to take this opportunity with commitment.
“You should really feel privileged to be here today, it was hard for me to go through all those applications and turn down some. There are so many graduates, but we unfortunately could not take them all in, so be thirsty for learning and grab this opportunity,” said Old Mutual Namibia intermediate human capital consultant Hilma Vilho.
One of the previous beneficiaries of the programme, Ru-Waldo Beukes encouraged the new intakes to learn as much as they can.
“My journey started in April 2022 and I have learned so much and acquired skills that have helped me move to the position I am today, as a permanent employee of Old Mutual,” said Beukes.
The programme, which advertised for 22 roles, saw about 70 applications per role with the 17 successful candidates coming from the University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Stellenbosch Univerisity and California State University.