WISTA establishes mentorship programme

May 26, 2004
Author: P&S


The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is using funds generated during their annual conference (hosted in South Africa last year) to launch a mentorship programme in South Africa.

The objective of the project is to facilitate the transfer of skills, from established WISTA members, to the two successful candidates, by means of a carefully designed mentorship programme.

The project takes place over a six month period of which two are spent in South Africa and the balance of four months abroad.

"Young women aged under 35, who aspire to a career in the South African shipping industry, are invited to apply. They need not have any experience in the industry, or alternatively, could be employed in shipping in an entry level position" said WISTA Project Coordinator Keren Giladi.

"The programme will commence in July 2004, in Durban, when the successful candidates will spend two months gaining a brief overview of shipping, to
familiarise themselves with aspects of the industry they may encounter while overseas, such as ship ownership, shipping law, ship broking and shipping
agencies," she added.

In September, the women will attend the WISTA Conference in Rotterdam following which they will complete the month in various offices there, under the guidance of WISTA Netherlands President, Miekke Baker.

In October, they travel to Norway where they will be mentored by WISTA International Treasurer, Tone Kristansen. In November the candidates part company, one to work in London and the other in Germany. In both instances they will continue to be under the supervision of WISTA members. They are scheduled to return to South Africa during the first weeks of December.

Young women who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity should send the following documentation to Keren Giladi, Dudula Shipping Company, 66 Windermere Road, Morningside, Durban 4001 or P.O Box 774, Durban 4000. Email
may also be utilized, enquiries@dudula.com or you can fax on 031-3098165 before 7 June, 2004.

- a detailed CV reflecting the candidate's most recent academic results

- a minimum of two references

- a written motivation outlining why the candidate's application should be considered by the WISTA Mentorship Programme and what the applicant believes she will gain from her experiences in South Africa and abroad.

“Applications received will be short listed to ten possible candidates who will be required to undergo Leadership Potential Assessments. Five finalists will then be chosen to be interviewed by our selection committee and the winners will be announced by 21 June, 2004.” Giladi said. She added that fundraising was already in progress to ensure that the project could be repeated on an annual basis.



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