With more than 28,000 businesses in the Stedendriehoek, the region where Apeldoorn is located, internship possibilities for students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences abound.
One of the students who recently benefitted is Edwin Tatenda Chawirah, a Wittenborg student from Zimbabwe. Edwin recently completed his work placement at BEVON Gilde, a small business consultancy in Apeldoorn where Wittenborg has been located since 2010. It offers business improvement consultancy, Training and Project management among other services. The founder is Ben Bolland.
At Bevon, Edwin worked as a marketing and communication officer, he told the audience at the presentation of his work evaluation report, including the development of a marketing plan and updating the company’s website. He was particularly proud of one of the company’s projects Seeds for Growth which supports the development of the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone. The project is aimed at improving the livelihoods of 500 farmers and their families, a total of 3,000 local people.
According to Edwin, who came to Wittenborg in 2013, he gained a lot of new skills, such as learning to prioritise, initiating projects and taking responsibility, and he even improved his Dutch! He lives in Arnhem, near Apeldoorn, and is doing an IBA in Marketing & Communication at Wittenborg.
by Anesca Smith
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