Futuremakers at Standard Chartered aims to tackle inequality through greater economic inclusion in our markets and in disadvantaged communities.
Futuremakers supports disadvantaged young people, especially girls and people with visual impairments, to learn new skills and improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business.
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC partnered with the McAryee Foundation for the Youth Vocational Skills programme, that provided funding for the training of thirty (30) young ladies in the Chorkor, Mamprobi and Korle Gonno neighbourhood who were passionate about learning a trade but could not afford the fees for the training.
The ladies were trained in Cookery and Cosmetology over a period of six weeks. After the training, they all took the National Vocational Training Institute (NVIT) Grade 1 exam and have all passed with flying colours.
The ladies having received vocational training are now self-employed and look forward to attaining higher heights and passing the knowledge on to others as well.
At the graduation ceremony, the graduands, expressed their gratitude to the Bank for making this possible. They are proud of the training they have received and the skills acquired leading to her owing business now which is also helping and improving the lives of people in the community.
Mrs. Grace Intsiaba, the Founder of the McAryee Foundation, expressed her gratitude to Standard Chartered for the support granted the ladies. She said, “It is always a pleasure to be able to take some of these ladies off the streets and equip them with employable skills to enable them make a living.”
Asiedua Addae, Head Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC, said, “Vulnerable and disadvantaged young people have been hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic, Through our global programme Futuremakers, we continue to equip disadvantaged young people especially girls and women with employability and entrepreneurial skills. We trust that the skills acquired by these young women will enable them to contribute positively to the overall economic growth of their communities.