Futuremakers at Standard Chartered aims to tackle inequality through greater economic inclusion in our markets and in disadvantaged communities.
Futuremakers helps disadvantaged young people, especially girls and people with visual impairments, learn new skills and improve their chances of finding a job or starting their own business.
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC partnered with the McAryee Foundation for Youth Vocational Skills Program which funded the training of 0 young women in Chorkor, Mamprobi and Korle Gonno wards who were passionate about learning a trade but could not pay the fees for the training.
The ladies were trained in cooking and cosmetology over a period of six weeks. After the training, they all took the National Vocational Training Institute (NVIT) Level 1 exam and all passed with flying colors.
The professionally trained ladies are now self-employed and eager to reach greater heights and pass on their knowledge to others as well.
At the graduation ceremony, the graduates expressed their gratitude to the Bank for making this possible. They are proud of the training they received and the skills acquired which led her to become a business owner that also helps and improves the lives of people in the community.
Founder of the McAryee Foundation, Grace Intsiaba expressed her gratitude to Standard Chartered for the support given to the ladies.
She said: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to take some of these ladies off the streets and equip them with employable skills to enable them to earn a living.”
Asiedua Addae, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC, said, “Vulnerable and disadvantaged youth have been hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic.
“Through our global Futuremakers program, we continue to equip disadvantaged young people, especially girls and women, with employability and entrepreneurship skills.
“We are convinced that the skills acquired by these young women will enable them to contribute positively to the overall economic growth of their communities.