MTN Cameroon, leading telecommunications company in Cameroon, announces the end of the first phase of its MTN Youth Internship Programme (YIP) during a ceremony held on 13 December 2019 at its head office, in presence of representatives of ministries in charge of Posts and Telecommunications, Youth and Civic education, Employment and Vocational Training and the Telecommunications Regulatory Board.
The event was an opportunity for MTN to say goodbye to 100 interns who have just spent between three and six months in various Departments of the company across the country. During these six months, the interns each worked under the guidance of a supervisor, thereby enabling the Organization to ensure that the internship period was devoted to learning.
“At MTN, I learned that, a job well done distinguishes us from others and gives priority to clients and users,” said Miriane Tchientcheu Kakanou, graduate in Human Resources Management. “The most striking thing was the healthiness of the work environment, respect, friendly relations amongst staff and above all, professionalism and rigour at work,” noted Abdoulaye Ibrahim, graduate in Public Law.
“We received a dynamic youth from all regions of Cameroon and social strata of the country. They learned teamwork, meeting management, project monitoring, how to work under pressure… Skills that can only be acquired through experience. Most of all, they were immersed into MTN’s corporate culture and exposed to the values it upholds which have enabled it to become an employer of choice and privileged partner of the State in the development of local talent into world-class executives,” explained Victor Oben, MTN Cameroon’s General Manager of Human Resources.
The leader in telecommunications in Cameroon is delighted to have provided the departing interns with quality experience, and to have transformed them into more competitive professionals on the job market. This corresponds to the main objective of the MTN Youth Internship Programme: support young Cameroonians in acquiring advanced skills.
MTN Cameroon already supports thousands of youths through direct and indirect employment, classical academic internships, the incubation of start-ups run by the youths, etc.
“We thought that the impact of this support would be more effective if we could offer internships to young recent graduates, in search of a first professional experience, and academic internships to students with at least the GCE Advanced Level to enable them discover the telecommunications industry and its trades“, said Hendrik Kasteel, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon.
After thanking employees of the company, the direct supervisors of these interns and the Government for their respective contributions to the success of the initiative, Hendrik Kasteel announced that, “starting January 2020, another hundred youths will be received by MTN Cameroon“.
The 200 interns of the first edition of the MTN Youth Internship Programme were selected from 8000 applicants who submitted their applications on a platform put online by MTN Cameroon in June 2019.