Thursday, 27 February 2014


Wipro Ltd., a global information technology, consulting and outsourcing organization with 145,000 employees serving over 900 clients in 61 countries is India's third largest IT services
organization. It has come up with a marvelous opportunity for South Africans, as recently it has declared to induct 150 graduates for internships in South Africa this year round, double from 70 last year. Last year, company enrolled two batches of 30 and 40 interns each in South Africa.
According to Saurabh Govil, senior VP, Human Resources, “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. We look for people that fit the entrepreneurial spirit of Wipro – those who have a willingness to learn and a creative and innovative bent of mind.”
The three-month internship will allow interns to have theoretical knowledge regarding projects and afterwards the interns are interviewed for an apprentice role on live projects, and once placed, they receive supervised on-the-job training and mentorship for another three months. At the end of this, their performance is reviewed and qualifying interns are absorbed into Wipro's operations in South Africa.
This internship program, in words of Saurabh Govil, can give a “very high chance” to get absorbed into the company. Also, the Bangalore-based company has completely absorbed 30 interns from the first batch of 2013 as fulltime employees.
On the other hand, Wipro also undertook several such initiatives in various markets in which it operates as it envisions to become 'truly global' like, an ‘India Gateway’ internship program for the UK, a program called 'Global 100', under which it would hire 100 best talents from various foreign colleges and universities every year, and groom them for senior leadership roles.


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