In today’s working environment, it’s nearly impossible to apply for a job without experience to support your skills. In order for graduates and unqualified individuals to achieve this goal, their only option is to apply for an internship opportunity, which many employers have refrained from investing in for financial reasons.
Internships that are paid often lead to full-time employment opportunities for intern employees. These initiatives are one of the most feasible ways to discover young talent as you’re giving someone with little experience and knowledge the chance to take initiative and add value to your company. In essence, you’re taking a chance, and you’re allowing yourself to mould someone into the perfect employee.
While it may seem like a time-consuming project to commit to, internship programmes do not only benefit the company and the individual themselves, but also the team at large. Existing employees can take advantage of the positive energy that interns elicit and, hopefully, spark profitable ideas for the company. And depending on the criterion of the internship initiative or programme you choose to support, B-BBEE accredited companies will potentially be able to earn more B-BBEE points for their scorecard.
If you’re wondering how an internship programme can benefit your bottom line, read below.
Discover new talents before you commit to hiring them
When you hire inexperienced human capital, you’re contributing to unemployment in South Africa. An internship programme will enable you to discover new talents for your company, as you will learn about an individual’s personality and whether or not it will fit in with your team’s culture. You will also learn about their skills, and if they will be able to service your business in time to come. During this learning curve for employers, you are also giving the intern the opportunity to learn in their preferred field of employment.
Another important element is whether or not the internship is paid. Most paid internships result in a full-time job opportunity because individuals are working towards a reward, and hopefully, the opportunity to grow into a junior role, whereas unpaid internships tend to push employees to work out the designated period and look for something else thereafter. Offering interns a monetary reward for their efforts will encourage them to stay and become more familiar with your company’s values, structures and processes.
Reduce workload and improve productivity
Depending on the size of your team, you might benefit from delegating some work to an intern to help ease up some time and stress from other junior employees. Of course, there are other ways to change up the workflow to benefit everyone, but having a couple of interns who are ready to learn new skills will benefit from this challenge. Employers can start interns off with smaller, less pressured tasks to see what their work ethic is like and, over time, incorporate them into bigger tasks for some extra hands.
This will also increase productivity which, in turn, allows employers to take on more projects to help increase their bottom line. It’s important to note that most graduates will be extremely tech-savvy, therefore their assistance will be ideal when needing to test new websites, manage social media pages or automate digital tasks. They might even be able to teach your existing employees a thing or two.
Add value on an operational perspective
Inviting an intern into your business means that you’re giving someone with unrestricted views the opportunity to improve your business in some way or another. Be it in operations, team culture or online, the beauty of interns is that these individuals are bound to be equipped with the latest knowledge needed in areas that employers rarely focus on. However, should the outcome of the internship programme be one where the individual chooses to move on, it’s an important learning curve for both parties. It’s a worthwhile opportunity for any company looking to hire younger employees, improve their B-BBEE rating contribute economic transformation. The insight generated will help you improve and grow your business.
An internship initiative is a human capital development solution for the unemployed community. It’s a cost-effective way to make a difference and find quality talent while doing so. If you want to compete with other companies in your field and show existing employees and potential hires how much you care about improving skills development, go the extra mile and consult with us today. ProudAfrique can help you grow your human capital and improve your B-BBEE rating. We will help you find accredited institutions for all your skills development needs to help you create a better future for human capital in South Africa.