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Interns at Kraatz

Fourteen students from the Institute of Mining and Technology started as interns at Kraatz Marine early in March. Meeting the Senior HR Practitioner at Kraatz, Roberto January (standing left) and the Managing Director, Mr D van Niekerk (standing right) are from the left A. Shigwedha; R. Mulike; T. Shivute; A. Simeon; P. Bank; E. Nekongoh; N. Natanael; E. Shuuya and T. Fikunawa. Seated from the left are M. Wapota; M. Nandjebo; N. Kambwa; A. Nambala; and M. Kandume.

Kraatz Marine, the engineering and technical subsidiary in the O&L stable, has fourteen new interns who studied at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).

The interns started as a group on 09 March.
O&L said this is part of the Group’s purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” while boosting growth at home which also encompasses education and not just the support of Namibian businesses, products and services.
Roberto January, Senior Human Capital Practitioner at Kraatz Marine said his company had been looking after students and teaching them the ropes for many years but has only been more actively engaged with NIMT for the past four years. January: “Some students stay with us for 6 months and others 12 months depending on their levels. If, for instance, six interns leave to complete another level, another six will be appointed to replace those who left so that we stay within our complement of 14 to 16 students throughout the year.”
January said their interns have typically done apprenticeships to become boilermakers; fitter&turners and welders.
He said some interns remain with Kraatz afterwards stating “in general we have a good retention of students but we realize that exposure within multiple organizations and industry is a key part of professional growth.
[Some] former students return to Kraatz after they have obtained exposure at other organizations. Some students are currently permanently employed and occupy supervisory positions within Kraatz.”

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