Purposed to help recent college graduates from more than 40 countries in Africa and the Middle East gain valuable professional experience, the Total Young Graduate Programme has seen its first cohort of more than 100 students be successful in the program.
The program helps benefit young graduates in Africa and the Middle East, whom often find more difficulty securing internships than their counterparts in other parts of the world.
“The difficulty can be attributed to lack of structured programs, absence of structured linkages between the industry and institution of learnings and cost implications,” a Total spokesperson said in an email to Rigzone. “The first 100 enrolled participants are very happy. They are very excited and motivated about the second phase of the program, 12 months in another country. For some of them, it is the first time they will leave their country.”
Total S.A., one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, created the program in April 2014 as an opportunity for young graduates to gain hands-on experience and insight into how an international company operates. The program lasts 18 months and includes two key phases: first, young graduates are hired on short-term contracts (6 months) in which they receive specialized training in finance, business or operations at a Total subsidiary in Africa or the Middle East; then graduates are sent to another Total subsidiary in the same region to work for 12 months. The advancement to the second part of the program is contingent upon their performance.
“This program is visible and powerful evidence of our commitment in Africa and the Middle East and our willingness to tackle the concerns of those countries, as well as meet the expectations of young people living in them,” Momar Nguer, senior vice president Africa/Middle East for Total Marketing and Services, said in a prepared statement. “For them, unlike young people living in Europe, finding an internship can be extremely complex – even if they have excellent university degrees.”
Total’s Young Graduate Programme hopes to give graduates a “leg up the ladder” by providing them the support necessary to establish themselves in the international, professional marketplace.
Total also offers short-term internships for ongoing and recent graduates as well as scholarships in some countries. Total’s subsidiaries have strong links with other universities; currently 35 partnerships have been signed with universities in 26 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
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