As a group of diverse companies operating with a growth mindset for both its businesses and people, Ohlthaver & List (O&L) introduced the Emerging Talent programme in 2020, previously known as the Talent Attraction Programme (TAP), which had run for the past 13 years.
The purpose of this programme is to attract and select young graduates in various fields, with little to no work experience, and to develop their talents and support them as they enter the workplace.
According to O&L Group Manager: Talent, Amorey Pote, “At O&L, we believe that we are all born with unique gifts, but we must nurture, grow and develop these gifts for them to manifest into breakthrough talent. With this inclusive philosophy to talent, we believe it is not only our privilege but also our responsibility to develop our youth to become the best versions of themselves, thereby changing the world through their careers and lives.”
The #EmergingTalent21 campaign was launched in December 2020 and is aimed at attracting newly graduated Namibians. In 2020, nine strategic areas of focus were identified which could fill long-term talent gaps in the business.
These fields were digital marketing; business development; consumer science & psychology; data analysis & insights; IT, and industrial engineering. The staggering number of applications received confirmed O&L’s belief that they were on the right path.
After a rigorous selection process, which included video submissions and panel interviews, a total of seven Emerging Talent candidates were appointed.
The candidates will be immersed in an intensive 12-month programme with the O&L Group of companies, whereby they will be rotated and exposed to its collection of operating companies in various industries.
The purpose of this rotational programme is to ensure that all candidates receive diverse exposure, experience and focused development during their placement in O&L, thereby fast-tracking their careers over these 12 months.
The Emerging Talent programme will also allow the candidates to work and collaborate on multiple projects within the group, which will, in turn, allow them to be guided, coached and supported by senior executives in O&L.
O&L Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima congratulated and welcomed the new pool of talent to the O&L family: “We would like to wish the candidates all the best on this new journey. We truly believe they have the ability to change the world and we will do everything in our power to support them in doing so.”