July 2013: Two chemical engineering students recently finished a year-long internship at Dolphin Bay – the third set of interns to improve their skills in our laboratories.
Simpiwe Skoti and Meghan Engel came to Dolphin Bay to complete their diploma after studying for three years at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. They helped us out by operating a batch reactor and working as production assistants, in lab administration, logistics and new product development.
“The internship taught me to believe in myself,” says Simpiwe. “I now know that I can do anything required to help a business move forward."
Meghan agreed. “The work was very interesting and everybody at Dolphin Bay was so friendly and helpful. They answered every question we asked."
The interns say they feel “set up for the future, as we gained the experience we needed after three years of studying theory.”
“We give our interns considerable personal attention,” says Bertus. “Simpiwe and Meghan made a huge amount of progress in their understanding of the science behind wood preservatives, how a business works, and their general confidence levels.
“We believe it’s very important to help improve the skills of young adults in South Africa, and we recommend that other companies consider offering internships too, to help fill the huge skills shortage in this country.”