Schneider Electric has partnered with Enactus, a global business and higher education network, for a mentorship programme that will see 75 university student leaders mentored by Schneider Electric employees.
Launched on Tuesday at Gauteng, the mentorship programme aligns with the Schneider Electric Foundation strategy to empower youth and aims to support university students to become entrepreneurial leaders, using innovation and business principles to create a better world.
The company’s Anglophone Africa leadership team has shown their commitment to the mentorship programme with Devan Pillay, Cluster President; Ajibola Akindele, Country Manager for West Africa; and Carol Koech, Country Manager for East Africa to mentor a student each.
Speaking at the event, Pillay said that mentorship holds a special place in his heart as he is a product of multiple mentorships throughout his life.
“It’s crucial to approach mentorship with purpose and intentionality. The impact you can have on someone’s life is significant, so treat it with the seriousness it deserves. Recognise the golden opportunity to make a positive impact and manage the process with diligence,” he noted.
Enactus currently operates in 33 countries which include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Eswatini, and Tunisia.
“To make a difference in their world, our students aspire to create real change through innovation and entrepreneurship. In South Africa, for example, we are committed to fostering ownership. We look forward to our partnership with Schneider Electric and the positive impact it will make on our students,” Said Letitia de Wet, CEO of Enactus South Africa, said at the launch.
The Schneider Electric Enactus mentorship programme launch comes in time for International Volunteering Day which is supported by the Schneider Electric Foundation globally.