Salt Essential IT to empower specialists

November 12, 2012, 5:04 am

Due to the current shortage of information technology (IT) specialists in the country, Salt Essential IT has decided to start its own internship programme effective January 2013.
The business development manager, Vanessa Maresch states: “Salt Essential IT specialists and system integrators face the challenge of skills shortage like many organisations in Namibia. Being an information and communication technology (ICT) provider, which competes with international ICT companies for Namibian and regional business, a well-trained, professional and especially knowledgeable staff, is vital.”
She adds, the new internship programme, which will take place over a period of 18 months, will give them the right people that have the passion for IT and sales. The products and services that Salt Essential IT sells require specific training not offered in general sales and marketing tertiary education.   
The first intake of the internship programme will commence on 15 January 2013 till June the same year. The first intake will be of four interns who will be required to pass three IT-related certifications (Microsoft, Cisco and HP) as well as a formal sales course while working full-time at Salt Essential IT.
The first intake will gain experience in Job Shadowing, Stock and Invoicing, Site Visits and Help Disks. In addition, they will gain working experience on Hansa Word, the sales channel, doing quotations, email etiquette, amongst many others.
Throughout the internship, they will be assigned a mentor who will conduct a monthly performance appraisal.
According to the performance scored through those appraisals, two best candidates will be chosen for the second intake. Should they succeed in the second intake, they could be offered permanent employment at the company.
The managing director, Jurgen Weiss says, his company’s goals with regard to the internship programme are to acquire, train, mentor and retain quality ICT sales professionals.
“Salt Essential IT employs 35 Namibians and in comparison to competitors in our field, we are a small organisation. Our advantage and strength for our clients lies in being Namibian and as such, we must grow our staff complement with Namibians. This does not only make good business sense but it is our duty to educate and foster new talent as well as give them the opportunity to progress within the organisation, all the way to the management level, as long as they have the drive,” Weiss says.