INSETA honours INDWE’s top interns

05 May 2015 Sandra Dunn, INSETA
INSETA’s CEO, Sandra Dunn.

INSETA’s CEO, Sandra Dunn.

Tebogo Raphatelo, INDWE's top performing intern for 2014 (in the middle), with INSETA's Calvin Nembidzane on the left and INDWE's CEO, Peter Olyott on the right.

Tebogo Raphatelo, INDWE's top performing intern for 2014 (in the middle), with INSETA's Calvin Nembidzane on the left and INDWE's CEO, Peter Olyott on the right.

On 14 April 2105, Indwe Risk Services hosted their annual Interns Graduation.

INSETA’s CEO, Sandra Dunn who was one of the speakers at the graduation says, “Each year INSETA sponsors trophies for the top achievers at Indwe. We believe in recognising excellence and this year’s top three interns thoroughly deserve the awards they received.”

Seven interns graduated on the day and the top three achievers on the internship programme were recognised with awards.

The top interns were:

Tebogo Raphathelo
Thabisile Dlamini
Shirley Phuroe

Raphathelo received the overall academic award and together with Dlhamini and Phuroe, received the top peformers’ award as well.

The interns work performance was measured throughout the internship programme. They obtained the SAQA qualification ID 66610 - FETC: Short Term Insurance Level 4 qualification (150 credits) and the RE 5, the insurance industry regulatory examination.

The great news is that all the interns have been absorbed within Indwe in the company’s different business insurance units.

Shoki Motau of Indwe says, “Our internship programme is always aligned with our business strategy. The most recent programme stretched over a period of 12 months and covered the technical business insurance products as well as soft skills and the interns were exposed to the world of business. The interns had a block period where facilitated learning took place and teleconferences were scheduled with interns who were based in business units nationally.”

Elective unit standards are aligned and customised to the Indwe business needs as well as the SAQA unit standards requirements. Interns are given research projects during the programme.

Motau further explains that at Indwe they have a learner support programme where interns are under the tutelage of trained coaches who are subject matter experts and are also matched with trained mentors.

Interns are mainly sourced through ‘word-of-mouth’ as they spread the word about the opportunities available at Indwe through their family and social networks.

Indwe also presents career expos at tertiary educational institutions situated all across the country.

In accepting his award for top honours, Raphatelo expressed her thanks for the opportunity for university graduates to participate in meaningful work, especially with the unemployment crisis that the country is facing.

She also quoted a 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) report that estimated South Africa’s unemployment rate among the youth at 50%.

“We would therefore like to thank INSETA and Indwe for striving to make a difference in our country because if it wasn’t for their partnership, some of us would have been part of the statistics.”

Thabasile Dhlamini said, ”The graduation was the celebration of the completion of our hard work during the Internship. It was’nt the end of the journey, but a new beginning for another exciting one.”

The other top performer, Shirley Phuroe added, ”This is the best opportunity in my life. This is only the beginning of my career. Thank you so much INSETA and Indwe for investing in me, a young black woman.”

“When one gets feedback like this, it underscores the urgency and relevance of INSETA and our partners’ efforts to positively impact the level of skills for as many young South Africans as possible,” says Dunn.

On 15 April 2015 the Indwe industry Speakers event took place. Indwe hosted speakers from the insurance industry from different insurance companies to address the ex-interns who are currently permanent employees at Indwe.

The aim of this event was to inspire the Indwe former interns to network with the exco members and invited speakers. This year the new 2015 interns were part of the event which gave them an opportunity to meet with the ex-interns and be motivated in honing their careers in the insurance industry career path through hard work, personal growth and value added business performance.

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