Business leaders graduate 18-month CEO Apprenticeship Programme

About 13 future senior business leaders have graduated from a 18 months CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP) run by the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt).

The training aimed at preparing the group to grab top positions in running small and large scale enterprises locally and internationally.

“CEOrt is proud to announce the graduation of the second cohort of the CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP).

“This programme aims at addressing the existing leadership gap in the market and need for additional investment in Tanzania’s human capital and with strong support from the Government of Tanzania,” said Mr David Tarimo, chairman of CEOrt.

He said that the programme grandaunts were capacitated with various skill sets and finally built to peer and CEO networks that brought the bosses from both private and public sectors.

“This mentorship is done in partnership with Strathmore University Business School (SBS) in Kenya to assure that specialized mentorship is done intensively. After this second cohort graduation, CEOrt is now looking forward to the introduction of Cohort 3 of CAP, where this time we will take on board leaders from public service.n

“Initiative is to facilitate the succession of CAP graduates into CEO positions over time, and in turn create a pipeline of competent, experienced, and visionary leaders in Tanzania,”

Giving his keynote address, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Lawrence Mafuru, said that the government is grateful to CEOrt’s commitment to developing leaders who can move from success to significance, whilst addressing societal challenges both individually and collectively.

“The government is welcoming these initiatives as they prepare Tanzanians to be part of the economic development. It translates that trained Tanzanians will run the economy by taking top leadership seats in top investment projects,” he said.

The impact of CAP from the year 2019 when it started has already been witnessed where five of the participants who graduated in the first cohort have been promoted to CEO or other top senior positions.

The appointment of Resham Vassa, a Cohort 2 participant, as Chief Executive Officer of Reni International is also testament to the programme’s impact – in terms of both developing visionary leaders and championing gender inclusivity.


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