Over the years, Kenafric Industries Limited, one of the largest
manufacturers of confectionery, food, footwear and stationery
products in Kenya, has been offering internships which sometimes
leads to employment.
This policy has
helped many young people to gain work experience at the
Company’s factories and departments which preparesthem for the
job market in the future.
Edith Ameyo is one
of the employees at the Kenafric who started as an intern. In
2014 while still at the Kenya College of Accountancy University
pur-suing a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources, she joined
Kenafric in the human resources department for her internship.
college she worked at the Company’s confectionery factory and
eight months later she was employed as an assistant in the human
resources department on a contract basis.
Speaking at Kenafric,
Edith Ameyo said:
“I would encourage
students to apply for internships because it provides a learning
platform for them since they have little experience of the real
“It also gives young
people opportunities to acquire new skills, abilities and
knowledge which could help them in landing jobs. In addition it
offers them insights of the organisations they would like to
join and build connections with associates who can bebeneficial
for their future careers.”
“To demonstrate that
you can work for the organization which has given you
internship, it is important to finish the temporary period on a
high note and work hard on the projects assigned to you. This
will go a long way to convincing employers that you are a sound
prospect for full time employment.
“Furthermore it is a
perfect way to create a favorable impression that can lead to a
good reference letter and enhance your curriculum vitae with
“When applying for
internship it is advisable to deliver the application
“I did that at
Kenafric and I was able to see Mr. Mayur Shah, the Company’s
Senior Executive Director, on the same day.
“He sent me to the
Human Resources Partner and I was given the letter to start
“Although it is not
guaranteed, most employers are always seeking to add value to
their organizations and internships offer opportunities to
transition into full-time positions.
“At the Kenafric
Industries, I was given the chance to showcase my talent and
abilities in my field.
working for four months as an intern and one year on contract
basis, I was offered a permanent position and I am now a Human
“I look after 485
permanent employees in the Company’s footwear and stationery