Italtile Welcomes New 2019 Interns at University of Pretoria Marketing Management Awards Ceremony

Italtile Commercial partnered with the Department of Marketing Management at The University of Pretoria for a second year to provide the third-year BCom Marketing Management students with the incredible opportunity to gain practical sales experience through their Personal Selling and Account Management (BEM315) module.

This experience was concluded with a prize-giving ceremony hosted at Pure Café at The University of Pretoria on their Hatfield campus on 26 July 2019. Top performers in the module were rewarded for their commitment and dedication shown throughout the semester. After an application and interview process, 13 students were awarded internships with Italtile for the remainder of 2019 and, if successful, could be awarded full-time positions for 2020. The 13 students awarded with internship positions were:

  • Katherine Hugo
  • Daniela Schutte
  • Lerato Fani
  • Emily Van Zyl
  • Melissa O’Donovan
  • Joachim Schoeman
  • Tony Pitso
  • Alessandra Bicego
  • Melissa Da Gama
  • Stephanie Ho-Tong
  • Remington Greyling
  • Abigale Sprighton
  • Ben-Christo De Kock

Further prizes were given to the top 3 applicants, with the top applicant being awarded a grand prize of R10 000. Third place was awarded to Abigale Sprighton who described her experience of completing the sales module as “vital” and says the factory visits were “extremely insightful”. She felt privileged to visit the tile factories as that experience “gives a salesperson an edge over the rest”. She is excited to gain some new skills and expertise through the internship with Italtile.

Second place was awarded to Alessandra Bicego. She described the prize-giving function as “professional, well organised and had an easy-going, family-oriented atmosphere” that she has come to see Italtile innately possesses. She is excited to broaden her knowledge and skills whilst contributing to the company in ways that will add value.

The most admired prize of the day – the first place prize of R10 000 – was awarded to Tony Pitso. He had “no words to describe this achievement” but said he felt “extremely happy, excited and like a champion after attaining this accolade”. He described his Italtile journey thus far as “educational, mind-opening and rewarding”. He is excited to be working as a salesperson at Italtile and is looking forward to “becoming a part of the Italtile family”.

Italtile Ltd look forward to welcoming all the 2019 interns to the team and wish them great success in their careers going forward.