Students are always looking for ways to further their education, but finding work experience with B-BBEE compliant companies is one of their biggest challenges. In order for companies to boost their scorecard ratings and deliver the most skilled offerings to their customers, they should be taking advantage of internship programmes to assist new, innovative minds with skills development for a better outcome.
ProudAfrique is perfectly positioned to provide your business with leveraged skills programmes for any person, in any industry. As a level 2 black-owned and black women-owned company, we are qualified as a designated group supplier, as well as qualified for enterprise and supplier development.
Our B-BBEE internship programmes serve as an exchange of services for experience between students and your organisation. They are structured to allow learners to understand the ins and outs of an industry before they enter the working world. And, the wonderful thing about our internships is that once the internship comes to an end, the learner will require little to no training when applying for a new position.
The benefits of internships
As a medium- and long-term plan for companies to better develop a skilled workforce, a great internship programme can help your company achieve the following:
A fresh new perspective on business operations
Speaking to someone new always gives you a fresh perspective. Be it someone in the industry, a team member or an intern, inspiration lives in the strangest of places. With internship programmes, you’ll be amazed at the amount of operational and even strategic business advice you can obtain through a younger, more open-minded student. People who are too familiar with their position and environment often neglect the detail. This is why internship programmes are so beneficial. An internship programme is also great for business owners who are looking to mentor young students. It’s helpful for continued learning as well as your business’s culture, especially since millennials are fast-becoming the best hire.
The ability to take your social activity to new heights
As you can imagine, students are far more exposed to the digital world than the older generations are. Naturally, they’re drawn to the latest technological innovations, and if something sparks an interest, they’ll easily invest a large portion of their time into researching that specific topic of interest. These individuals are tech-savvy and hungry to learn. With social activity, they know what they want, but they don’t have the platforms to execute those decisions. So, with a company’s backing, interns can easily be provided with an opportunity to incorporate their thoughts into a current, working strategy. This type of out-the-box thinking could really add value to your company and help you to see things through a new set of eyes.
- They serve as an extra pair of hands
Interns are not to be taken advantage of. As much as these individuals can provide your company with an extra pair of hands, business owners should help them learn new skills about the industry and provide them with their best possible learning experience. Let them help out with new projects, brainstorm and speak up in meetings. You never know how beneficial these relationships could become.
Companies which invest in interns are investing in the future of their people. Not only for growth in numbers, but it encourages other employees to better themselves by educating and teaching others about the industry. These actions will build strong morale and create better leaders.
Providing B-BBEE internships will increase your company rating and its reputation in the field. The more effort and resources you put into a programme, the better the outcome will be. And, who knows, perhaps your next intern will develop into one of your biggest assets. These programmes will also attract new students and even potential candidates because it clearly shows your investment in skills training and learning.