Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company ltd has continued to conduct internship and attachment programmes. Specific emphasis has been placed on the graduate trainee programme which now has completed the third phase that begun on 10th January and ended on 31st March 2017.
The programme seeks to admit University students looking for industrial training and experience. The students could either be undertaking their studies or just completed and graduated from their institutions of learning.
The impact of the programme has already been felt and apart from the first lot of students who graduated from the programme giving their positive feedback, this period has witnessed a whole lot of applications for internship positions in the company. KIWASCO has also been placed strategically amongst institutions of higher learning with good relations having been established due to the success of this programme.
Of particular interest is the content of the training programme which intends to equip learners with skills on critical thinking, communication, cognitive, teamwork, innovation and creativity, leadership, presentational and non-cognitive skills. These abilities enable the learners to creatively chart their paths of life after completion of their studies
The first intake of this year saw eight students being admitted into the programme. The students subsequently went through the learning programme and successfully graduated on 3rd April 2017.
“Young people need to be independent, be aggressive even when making job applications,” said Thomas Odongo, the Head of Commercial Services in the company. Mr Odongo was speaking during the graduation ceremony of the students and encouraged them not to shy away but to knock on every door to seek employment opportunities. He continued to say that the company prides itself in impacting knowledge and skills to students that may enable them to make a difference in their career life.
Martha Njambi, who is a beneficiary of the first phase was quick to inform us that she got a job immediately she finished the internship programme. Martha attributes the chance to get early employment to the graduate training programme she received in KIWASCO while on her internship. Martha is just one among others who have gone through the same programme and are already employed.
At this age when jobs are hard to come by, we encourage job seekers and students to equip themselves with extra skills that will enable them to stand out from the rest and clinch an employment opportunity.
KIWASCO looks forward to admitting the next group of graduate trainees come May 2017, with interviews already on-going for the students who are interested in joining the programme.