IT services vendor Wipro is planning to recruit more interns in South Africa.
Wipro’s local internship program in South Africa will be increased to 150 in 2014 from 70 graduates in 2013.
“The internship program is becoming a crucial enabler of Wipro’s growth in Africa. For us, the program is about nurturing talent for local leadership and ensuring that we have the right people on board – people who understand local culture, local markets and local customers across the African continent,” said Saurabh Govil, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Wipro Ltd.
Internship applicants (B.SC students with a specialization in Mathematics and Science) from disadvantaged backgrounds are put through a process of entrance exams and interviews with local Wipro leadership to test attitudes to learning in addition to technical aptitude.
Post completion of the initial three months of theoretical training, the interns are interviewed for an apprentice role on a number of live projects. Once placed, the interns will receive supervised on-the-job training and mentorship for a further three months. The performance records will be reviewed and qualifying interns will be absorbed into Wipro’s operations in South Africa.
The program offers high chance of being absorbed into the company – the first batch of 30 interns from 2013 is now employed full-time at Wipro.
Interns are assigned mentors, and receive weekly feedback and undergo periodic assessments on their performance. The overall curriculum has been designed to bridge the gap between campuses and the industry, and covers both technical and behavioural aspects.
In addition to South Africa, Wipro has an India Gateway internship program for the United Kingdom wherein Wipro gives the interns an opportunity to spend 9 months in India to gain hands-on industry experience. The local internship program is also being expanded to Germany and the Nordic Region, which are important markets for Wipro.