Zambian Breweries has urged industries and institutions to take a keen interest, open their doors to learning institutions and help graduates complete the learning process.
“It is about finding home grown solutions to the many challenges confronting the students and newly graduates and many of whom lack the practical experience immediately upon graduating. As Zambian Breweries, we have stepped up, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Copperbelt University and through which we offer, among other objectives, internship programs to students’’, explained Zambian Breweries corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele.
The Minister of Finance Felix Mutati applauded the private sector for partnering with learning institutions and creating employment opportunities for graduates and noted that the private public partnership was important for students as it brought about many benefits.
Speaking during the during the awards evening proceeding Copperbelt University (CBU) 26th graduation ceremony, Zambian Breweries learning and development manager Caroline Zimba said the company was pleased to be associated with the education sector.
This is the first graduation ceremony since the Zambian Breweries partnership with the CBU was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on December 9, 2016. The MoU came about after the realisation that both the university and Zambian Breweries share a common commitment to the professional and personal development of students and graduates.
Zimba said, since the MoU was signed, the company had been supporting the development of students and making them ready for future employment, as well as conducting of research programmes.
She noted there was an immeasurable benefit of private public partnerships for the students.
“The MoU in place between Zambian Breweries and CBU is a wonderful example of how this has come together for the benefit of both parties. Through our interactions we have created ambassadors of the students and we have also empowered them to become better future leaders. In the same vein, the benefits to the private sector are enormous. We are assured of an extensive pool of talent for our industries as well as a more secure economy with better prospects for intensive growth,” she said.
“We have also been pairing high potential students with suitable professionals for mentorship, at Zambian Breweries and sister companies and the provision of a workplace learning experience through internships.”
Zimba said Zambian Breweries had since December 2016 successfully placed 30 CBU students in various departments, at the manufacturing plants, in Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe.
She was impressed with the performance of the students that had been offered internship at ZB and said the company has employed 73 former CBU students of which some were managers in different departments at the institution.
She said the company was committed to working with higher learning institutions to provide jobs and contribute to the improvement of the economy.
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