Welcome to the Youth to Work Junior Associate application form. The programme seeks to recruit 60 unemployed young and enthusiastic professionals aged 21-30 and 21-35 for People with Disabilities who are looking for an opportunity to learn new business and consultancy skills and apply them in a real business environment as Junior Associates.
What is the Youth to Work programme?
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 to become catalysts for positive change in business and community across Kampala.
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 a 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 5-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 that improve the SGBs partnerships, communication and opportunities.
- Deliver key entrepreneurship and employment readiness workshops to other youth and university students across Kampala
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.
The following eligibility criteria apply to all young professionals seeking to participate in the programme.
- Be 21-30 years of age 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 at own cost)
- Ability to commit to a 5-month full-time placement (June – October 2021) and 2-week 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:
- 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 5-month placement.