Sanlam has confirmed the handover of study bursaries and the launch of the 2023 Sanlam Internship Programme First Intake, which will provide 15 outstanding students with the opportunity to launch their careers in the financial services industry. The internship will also assist students in completing their work-integrated learning requirements.
“We all know that education plays an important and critical role in providing us with a roadmap for approaching life and enables us to make plans to improve our lifestyles,” said Evans Simataa, Sanlam’s general manager of people and brand.
“At the same time, we are all aware that not everyone has the means to afford the high cost of education. It is exactly for this reason that Sanlam continues to invest in the education of those who are less privileged and unable to pay for their children’s education.”
Since the establishment of the bursary scheme in 2002, over 100 Namibian students have benefited from the programme. Over N$4 million was invested in the programme and more than 20 bursary holders have been employed by Sanlam.
Simultaneously, Sanlam noted it also recognises that tertiary students are required to integrate work experience with theory, which led to the development of the Sanlam internship programme. The highly respected and sought-after internship offers young Namibians the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a dynamic and supportive environment. The programme is designed to expose interns to all aspects of the financial services industry, including risk management, investment management, financial planning, and customer service.
Since its inception, the internship programme has provided opportunities to over 50 students. Of these, more than 10 graduates who participated in the programme found employment with Sanlam.
Mia Muuaza, an intern from the class of 2022, shared her testimony. “The internship provided me with work experience and work-integrated learning when I had none. In addition, you obtain a sense of the company’s culture and can build internal networks,” said Muuaza.
Since then, Muuaza has developed various skills, including communication, interpersonal interaction, personal effectiveness, and creative problem solving. “The earth is a beehive, and although we all enter via the same entrance, what matters most is what you do once inside. This is something a wise person once said to me. As my work was noticed, I soon received an interview call, and I was ultimately selected for the position,” she said.