Belgian diamond company HB Antwerp has announced its partnership with boutique incubator WomHub to recruit Botswanan engineering students – for a comprehensive training program has a specific female focus and is intended to cultivate sector-specific skills and attract local talent for the company’s diamond operations facility in Botswana.
The program has been created to support Botswanans pursuing STEM careers, offering meaningful, local training and job opportunities. The program also aims to support the Botswanan economy, fostering long-term talent development and brand exposure for new graduates and midcareer engineers, while furthering gender parity in the diamond industry.
Additionally, HB Antwerp aims to extend job offers to some of the participants upon completion of the program.
“HB Antwerp is delighted to launch this exciting program with WomHub, especially since it has such tangible outcomes. We recognize that African youth don’t just need another training program — they need real job opportunities, and we are proud that job creation and gender parity are key areas of focus for this program,” said Oded Mansori, CEO of HB Antwerp.
“WomHub believes we must foster African entrepreneurship and innovation in order to cultivate the workforce for the future. This includes supporting more women in STEM. We are excited to partner with HB Antwerp to bring this mission to the diamond industry,” shared Hema Vallabh, CEO of WomHub.
The program will be accepting applications until the 2nd August 2021 and will commence in September. Those chosen for permanent positions at the diamond operations facility will be onboarded at the start of 2022.