Varsity interns for O&L lodges, ranches and hotels
O&L Leisure, the tourism subsidiary in the Ohlthaver & List Group this week signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding with both the Namibia University of Science and Technology, and the University of Namibia.
Under this agreement, O&L Leisure undertakes to accommodate a specified number of tourims and hospitality interns every year for practical training at any of the company’s five upmarket establishments. O&L Leisure owns and operates the Chobe Water Villas lodge in the Zambezi, Midgard Country Estate in the Okahandja district, Mokuti Etosha Lodge adjacent to the Von Lindequist Gate at Etosha, Otjiwa Game Ranch in the Otjiwarongo district, and the group’s flagship and anchor, the completely-rebuilt Stand Hotel in Swakopmund.
O&L Leisure Managing Director, Terence Makari (left) said “Not enough effort is made to develop the talent we need. Through this internship agreements, which falls in line with the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ and supports our commitment to education and development of our young people to complement the President’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, we contribute to unlocking talent that will be able to uphold and drive the future of our hospitality and tourism sector.”
The agreement with the Science and Technology University was signed with the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs, Dr Andrew Niikondo (right).
The agreement with the University of Namibia was signed with the Pro-Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs, Professor Frednard Gideon who said “I thank O&L for affording our students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned. Through internships, our students are trained and prepared for the real world when they graduate. This relationship with O&L Leisure will certainly contribute to the building of valuable assets to the Namibian tourism sector – an industry that has the potential to grow even stronger, and contribute even further to the National coffers, and the Namibian economy at large.”