O&L Launches 2021 Emerging Talent Programme


In fulfillment of its Purpose “Creating a future, enhancing life”, the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group remains dedicated to developing future-ready talent in Namibia. As a Group of diverse companies operating with a growth mindset for both its businesses and people, 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 (9) 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 the Group’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 (7) 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 this 12-month period. 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.

Galita Bok has a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics (Business Computing) and she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: IT Business Applications System Admin.

Thalia Leicher has a BScHons degree in Consumer and Food Science, she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Consumer Science & Psychology.

Ileni Shithigona has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Digital Marketing, she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Digital Marketing.

Christopher van Wyk has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Marketing, he will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Digital Marketing.

Liina Shangheta has a Master of Logistics and Transport with Specialization in Industrial System Engineering, she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Industrial Engineering.

Maria Nambandi has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Statistics, she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Data Analysis & Insights.

Yambomwene Nehemia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, she will be taking up the role of Emerging Talent: Business Development.”

Candidates who aspire to join this programme should be on the lookout for the #EmergingTalent22 campaign which will be launched later on the O&L Careers Facebook page and the O&L Careers Platform: careers.ol.na

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