Call for Junior Associate Applications

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About Youth to Work 

The Youth to Work programme seeks to position and equip young people with skills and opportunities to create economic and employment changes across the economy for sustainable and measurable impact. In this sense, the young people become implementers of change, rather than standalone programme beneficiaries. Small & Medium Enterprises play a vital role as they are key in housing the young people for the duration of the programme.

About Futuremakers 

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered is the bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality. The ambition is to raise USD75 million between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow. The bank promotes greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people (under 35 years) through education, employability and entrepreneurship programmes. With a focus on supporting girls, young women and people with visual impairment from low-income households because this is where the need is greatest.

Programme Structure:

The programme is designed around an enterprise placement-based model. It uses a structured 14-week work placement Business Development Services (BDS) initiative to strengthen the business performance of SGBs. The components of the programme are; Recruitment, Placement and Post-placement.

A structured two-week pre-placement training session are conducted for Junior Associates (JAs) to prepare them for their enterprise placement using Chartered Management Institute (CMI) learning modules. The training is designed to give Associates a theoretical and practical approach to implement change in enterprises.

Enterprise Placement: 

Junior Associates will be assigned to an enterprise where 4 days in a week, they will work within the SMEs to conduct business diagnostics, co-create recommendations and implement the short-term recommendation with key staff within the enterprise. Based on their skills and experience, Junior Associates will be assigned to a specialist pathway where they will be providing support to the enterprise. The pathways support will be delivered in are: Finance, Sales & Marketing and Operation.

Programme Benefits: 

  1. On-going training and support from Challenges during placement
  2. An opportunity to develop your current skill set to improve your employability after the programme
  3. An opportunity to gain valuable insight into all areas of an enterprise
  4. Access to best practice resources to guide you on placement

Application Requirements:

  1. Be 21-30 or (21-35 for persons with disabilities)
  2. Hold a relevant university degree OR have a sound understanding of finance, operations or sales and marketing for business, demonstrated through previous work experience
  3. Interest in small business development and entrepreneurship
  4. Excellent communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Competent in the use of MS packages especially Excel & Word.
  5. Previous internships and voluntary work experience are an added advantage
  6. Must be fluent in both written and verbal English
  7. Ability to travel to training and placement location in Lusaka.
  8. Ability to commit to a 14-week full-time placement and an extra added 2 weeks pre-placement training
  9. Knowledge of a local language is an added advantage.

The Youth to Work programme is an inclusive and equal opportunity programme. Female candidates and persons with disability are encouraged to apply. Junior Associates receive a monthly allowance to cover all programme related expenses during the 14-week placement.

If you have any questions kindly contact us on +260 76 7643069 or email  [email protected]/[email protected]


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