Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme 2020 for young people across Africa.

Application Deadline:16th November 2020.

Youth to Work is the flagship employability programme within Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, 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

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 be provided with:

  • 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
• 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
• 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 be expected 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 be held to a code of conduct throughout the programme placement, which will be made available to you upon final selection.

** The Youth to Work programme is an inclusive and equal opportunity programme. Female candidates and persons with disability are encouraged to apply. At no stage of the application process will candidates be required to pay any fees. The placement is not a paid position, although a small stipend is offered to help with expenses during the 4-month placement. 


1. You will be required to travel to and from the business placement location as well as the training place

2. You will be required to commit 100% of your time during the placement.

3. You will be held to a code of conduct throughout the program placement, which will be made available to you at the first day of your training.

The placement is not a paid position, although a small stipend is offered to help with travel costs during the placement.


Application Form

Complete this form and return it to Stanley Nyirenda at [email protected]  by midnight on 16th November 2020. Please ensure that before filling this form, you have read the programme information or visited our website at for more information.

Answer all questions to the best of your knowledge, incomplete forms will not be considered. Please attach your CV (2 pages maximum) and any relevant academic documents to this application when submitting. Rename all documents submitted with your full name.

Ghana: 13th November 2020

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Standard Chartered Futuremakers Youth to Work Programme 2020


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