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G4S targets graduates to secure business

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – Security solutions provider G4S Kenya has launched a programme that will see it recruit graduates from six universities who will undergo training and get deployed in various aspects of the business.

Through the graduate management trainee programme, the company is looking for 20 top graduates in various disciplines who will help drive the firm\’s Risk Management business, Operations Divisions and support functional roles like Finance and Human Resources.

G4S Human Resources and Change Director Epimach Maritim disclosed on Wednesday that this is part of their business strategy and is expected to assist the company to achieve its growth objectives.

"In our quest to be the most innovative and customer focused risk management solutions provider, we need to grow our team of talented and creative people and are looking for graduates with the potential to be the future leaders of our business. Graduates with passion, ambition, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to make a difference," Mr Maritim said.

The company will conduct several forums in the selected institutions to try and sell itself to the students after which those interested will be required to apply online through the website www.g4s-graduates.com. The closing date for applications is June 30 2011.

"The candidates will be screened and taken through a rigorous interview process and a range of qualitative and quantitative assessments alongside reference investigations.  Successful candidates will then be inducted into the two year management trainee program," the HR manager explained.

Trainees will receive extensive training on operational and management development courses that will enable them carry out and understand front-line work whilst equipping them with the requisite skills to become effective managers.

"They will be exposed to the various aspects of the business, they will learn how to manage a business, manage people and assets and eventually be appointed to their first management position after their course," he added.

Besides enabling the company to have a pool of talented people who will help it meet its regional growth plans, the program will also provide the necessary feedback to universities on how to design courses that can help address the skills gap in the labour market.

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"Our aim is to work with the chosen universities and I think that will benefit us all in that we will get fantastic graduates to come and join us. We will be able to develop them into the business managers of the future but we will also be able to provide feedback to universities about whether or not their production methods are the most appropriate for the industry," Regional Managing Director for Eastern Africa Adam Miller said.

To meet the ever-growing demand for industry specific training and bridge the gap between the classroom and practical application, Mr Miller revealed that they also plan to work in partnership with some of the country\’s leading universities in developing robust risk management courses that address the needs of the safety and security solutions industry.

"It is imperative that effective collaboration and partnership be instituted among educators, governments and business leaders to create and sustain an environment conducive to life-long learning that meets the business needs of the day," he observed.

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