Mobile telecoms services provider Airtel Malawi has signed an agreement with the University of Malawi’s The Polytechnic, under which engineering undergraduates will be attached to the company to acquire practical skills.
Airtel’s Chief Commercial Manager Charles Kamoto said Airtel realizes the need for students to gain the much needed practical work experience that employers look for.
“There are a number of skills that cannot be achieved by only spending time in the classroom and earning a degree. With the internship the benefit is dual as students bring a fresh theoretical aspect in addition to helping them bring real world applications back into the classroom,” said Kamoto.
Addressing the media after signing the MoU, Vice Principal of the Polytechnic Nancy Chitera said the college has realigned its programmes to the needs of the industry and the Airtel/Poly pact is both timely and significant.
Chitera said, the world needs students that have hands on experience.
“We are so grateful to Airtel for this timely intervention. The good thing with this pact is that the crop of students to be attached to Airtel will inturn benefit the entire nation as they will be at liberty to join any company after completion of their studies,” she said.
In the aftermath of the MoU signing ceremony, Airtel also donated 10 ZTE tablets to the library of the Polytechnic in a bid to keep students abreast with the digital age.