Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme

Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme

The application for the Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme is now open. The application deadline is 16 November 2020.

About Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme

Youth to Work is the flagship employability programme within Futuremakers by Standard Chartered. This is the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people in local communities. The programme is funded by the Standard Chartered Foundation (SCF) and delivered by Challenges Worldwide to support young professionals become catalysts for positive change in business and communities across Zambia, Ghana and Uganda.

The objective of the Youth to Work programme is to position and equip young people with skills and opportunities to create economic and employment changes across the economy for sustainable and measurable impact. The Junior Associates will be trained in key accredited business, consultancy and employability skills and will be placed in small and growing businesses (SGBs) to provide on-site business development, growth, and resilience support co-created with the enterprise top management. In addition, young people will be equipped with key skills for employment and/or entrepreneurship that will be used to support the wider ecosystem, other young people, and their communities.

Responsibilities of the Junior Associates

Junior Associates will undertake a 4-month consultancy placement in an SGB, where they will:

  • Assess the enterprise’s strengths and areas for development
  • Develop an action plan to help the enterprise to improve, and develop their resilience.
  • Work closely with the leadership team to deliver the action plan
  • Facilitate network strengthening activities which improve the SGBs partnerships, communication and opportunities.
  • Deliver key entrepreneurship and employment readiness workshops to other youth and university students across Lusaka

As a Youth to Work Junior Associate, you will receive:

  • Comprehensive training programme in professional consulting and business improvement skills, using Chartered Management Institute learning modules.
  • Ongoing training and continual professional development support from Challenges during your enterprise placement
  • Access to best-practice resources to guide you on placement.
  • An unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable insight into all areas of an enterprise and work alongside their senior management team to develop an action plan
  • An opportunity to develop your current skill set with the view to improving your employability after the programme.
  • The opportunity to complete an internationally-recognised Chartered Management Institute Level 5 professional qualification to accredit your new skills after successful completion of the programme.
  • A monthly stipend to cover expenses related to your placement.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements below:

  • Be 21-30 years or (21-35 for persons with disability).
  • Hold a relevant university degree OR have a sound understanding of finance for business, demonstrated through previous work experience
  • Interest in small business development and entrepreneurship
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office packages especially Excel and Word.
  • Previous internships and voluntary work experience are an added advantage
  • Ability to travel to training and work placement in Kampala. (successful candidates based outside Kampala will have to find accommodation within Kampala)
  • Ability to commit to a 5-month full time placement and 2 weeks training
  • Must be fluent in both written and verbal English.

Should you meet the criteria stated, you will compete for an invitation to an assessment day where you will be assessed under the following competencies:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding the bigger picture
  • Planning and managing work
  • Managing relationships

If selected, you will need to:

  • Travel to and from the business placement location as well as the training place
  • Commit 100% of your time during the placement.
  • You will need to adhere to a code of conduct throughout the programme placement.

** The Youth to Work programme is an inclusive and equal opportunity programme. Female candidates and persons with disability should apply. At no stage of the application process will candidates need to pay any fees.

Please note that the placement is not a paid position, although participants will receive a small stipend to help with travel costs during the placement.

How to Apply?

To apply, you need to complete an application form and return it to Stanley Nyirenda  by midnight on 16th November 2020. Please ensure that before filling this form, you have read the programme information or visited the website at for more information.

For more information on this programme, visit the official website of the Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme 2020.