Rift Valley Railways builds a future succession generation of leaders

Following a Career fair at Makerere University and Makerere University Business School on April 13th 2013, RVR attracted 345 students who sat for an aptitude test and only 15 passed to sit a psychometric test that narrowed the number to 8 students.
The 8 students from different education disciplines where flown to Nairobi to an assessment centre where they would be finally tested to achieve the final number of 5 which RVR is seeking to recruit. 
Mark Rumanyika the RVR General Manager Western said, “. The students were carefully selected with measure in domain knowledge, skills like leadership and managerial quality, creativity, and the ability to learn and adapt to the changing environment. These are values that needed to improve the quality of labour force at RVR.”
The programme is expected to provide meaningful career choices as well as growth within the organization for the successful applicants. It is an accelerated programme with study schools consisting of mentors and coaches who train the students in disciplines like leadership development, project management and finance management. The students are then tasked with coming up with projects which will be evaluated. 
Sophie Njagi, RVR General Manager, Human Resource services explained why the company invested in this style of recruitment programme. She said “RVR seeks to develop an employment brand where an employer is assimilated by choice with an experience and success story to tell. As you can see we were open to different disciplines to include Engineers, Commerce, Marketing, Accounting, Business Administration, Supplies chain and IT students who have followed through to this stage with keen interest and the successful candidates are assured an opportunity to make a choice of which company department to join. We also believe in establishing good partnerships with the universities to develop sustainable links to tap the right and raw resource that we believe when trained we will develop a sure RVR succession plan for the future”.
The programme will be completed by mid-July. The successful trainees (5) will undergo a one year all-round training with exposure from Mombasa to Kampala before placement.
The eight students are Wavah Mugabi, Ronald Seganyi, Maliza Batanda, Norine Twesime, Benedict Ofwono Karen Nakaz, Brenda Were and Raila Bangi from Makerere University and MUBs.