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Bank, partners invests, Sh96.9 million to train Students


Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Sightsavers and Light for the World have invested a total amount of Sh96.9 million to boost a students’ programme for the next two years.


This aims at upscaling the ‘Futuremakers Inclusive Employability Programme’ that will target students with employability training schemes and map-out the inclusivity barriers that underpins the growth and progress of students with and without disabilities.


The initiative, launched under the Bank’s FutureMakers employability pillar will enable Sightsavers to work with Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) to increase the confidence and job readiness of 790 young jobseekers with disabilities including 150 jobseekers with a visual impairment through a combination of soft skills training and mentoring.


Speaking at Kenya Institute of Special Education, Nairobi during the launch Thursday, Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer Kariuki Ngari, said that the funding would also enable light for the world to work with more than 6,000 secondary schools, technical and vocational education and training institutes and universities to increase the confidence of young people with and without disabilities.


Ngari said people with disabilities, particularly women, have lower chances of finding employment than their peers, because of discrimination and inaccessible workplaces.


”To build highly inclusive societies, we need to create employable opportunities for all, inclusive even for those who are often overlooked or underserved due to structural barriers. In Kenya, this is true for people living with disabilities. While a lot of progress has been made, there is still more that needs to be done to ensure that they are able to participate fully in the economy without discrimination or bias,” he said


He added that the bank shall remain committed to promoting greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people and look forward to further partnership with the two organizations.


The Light for the World Country Director Stephen Njenga said the up-scaling of the Employable programme is timely and would be critical in strengthening partnerships and investments towards helping students prepare for the job market, navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic and recover from the adverse impacts of the pandemic.


Sightsavers Kenya Country Director Moses Chege noted that the funding would also support the IT Bridge Academy, a project that is co-funded by GIZ; to train young people with disabilities to launch their careers in IT with a nine-month CISCO-certified training course followed by a three-month internship.

“Sightsavers is keen on fostering deep relationships with like-minded partners to ensure that we are advancing the needs of people with disabilities and it will build on Sightsavers’ work with private sector employers to help them become more inclusive employers,” he said

Moses Chege – Country Manager Sight Savers International (left), Steve Njenga – Country Director at Light for the World Kenya (2nd L), Hassan Harun – CEO National Council of People with Disabilities (middle), Kariuki Ngari – Standard Chartered CEO (2nd R) and Kellen Kariuki – Standard Chartered Chair of the Board (R) during the launch of the Standard Chartered Futuremakers Employability Programme


Through the initiatives, the Standard Chartered Bank, Sightsavers and Light for the World would not only strengthen the employability skill for students but also work with like-minded actors to provide occupational mentorship opportunities including, internships, career talks and drills, apprenticeships, job shadowing and recruitment opportunities.



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