We’re very pleased to announce that two of our learners who took part in the 2015 Santam Learnership program have done extremely well. This was a very proud moment for SHA and our young stars, Thandeka Mncube and Prescious Nkosi. Both were in the winning group for best presentation and Thandeka took the honours as top overall student.
Head of HR at SHA, Ilse Henning discusses the learnership program, “Firstly, we look for learner candidates that will fit into our business culture and who have the potential to contribute to SHA. The candidates are all young, ambitious individuals with high potential. Their personal circumstances however did not allow them to further their formal education after matric. Finding employment in South Africa without any work experience is a challenge for all young people let alone those who could not study further. This is where learnership progams are extremely effective. Young people who simply are in need of an opportunity to start a successful career are given an opportunity in a highly specialised, professional environment here at SHA”
“It’s also not just about doing administrative functions in one area,” says Henning. “ We believe that the learners should have a holistic view of the business at the end of their learnership period. Learners move between the different areas in the company although operational requirements may result in them spending more time in one specific area. We have also noted that a learner may have a natural inclination towards a specific line of business where they prefer to build up experience. We try to accommodate that.”
Henning goes on to say, “The ideal of course is that all learners remain in the business after they have completed the program and possibly an internship. This is dependent on specific outcomes and the availability of permanent positions within the organisation. SHA’s first learners from 2014 were appointed permanently at SHA and are both now underwriters. The learners from 2015 have subsequently been appointed on an internship programme which ends on 28 February 2017. Our new learners started on 1 March 2016 and only time will tell what will happen at the end of their learnership programme.”
“The program is quite intense, as any of our professionals in the office will tell you, we operate in a high performance environment and this demands dedication from our learners”, says Henning. “The learners spend 1 week in the classroom for every 3 weeks they spend in the office. This runs for a 12 month period with the aim of completing a qualification during this time, combined with on-the-job workplace experience.”
Henning ends by saying “All our learners, past and present, are wonderful youngsters and we are the fortunate ones to be given the opportunity of getting to know them and being involved in their career development.”