The Centre for Cooperative Education is living up to its mission of connecting the Polytechnic of Namibia and industry through partnerships in order to find placements for Polytechnic students to do internships with industry. The Centre was present at the two-day Institute of People Management (IPM) Convention held from the 24th to the 26th of September 2012 at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek.
The two-day Convention was a great experience for the CCE team as they had a chance to interact with a variety of Human Resource Practitioners and simultaneously share experiences around the themes that were presented. Human Resource Practitioners are considered the most influential people in organisations who can positively speed up the placement of interns. The Convention therefore not only made it easier for the Centre to communicate with the potential interns’ employers but made it easier to obtain feedback on intern preparations for the world of work. Interacting with the HR Practitioners of the respective companies was therefore an essential exercise with the view of providing them with additional information regarding the activities and processes of the Centre and its operations including that of promoting the PON action research component. This encourages “real” research on practical needs in industry.
The Centre, along with other organisations, had exhibition stalls where both Interns and the Centre’s Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs) provided information to companies present. Mr Carva Pop, the Director of the Centre for Cooperative Education, was one of the key speakers and presented on the topic titled Harmony through HR – the Strategic Edge.
This was indeed a useful and informative Convention. The CCE team felt honoured to be part of the second event of this nature in Namibia and look forward to attending next year’s event as this is one way of maintaining and creating new relationships with industry and finally succeed in one of our slogans “Ensuring a competitive workforce tomorrow”.