Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Limited (SCBPL), continuing with its contribution to economic empowerment and financial inclusion of the masses, has launched an internship program for people with disabilities in order to develop a diverse pipeline of candidates as potential employees for the banking industry and help them improve their quality of life.
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Rehan Sheikh, the CEO of SCBPL, Muhammad Umer, the country head of SCBPL HR, and Millicent Clarke, the regional head of human resources for Africa and the Middle East, attended the launch of this initiative. Additionally present were our colleagues with disabilities who are currently employed, who spoke about their own experiences working at the Bank.
Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited Chief Executive Officer Rehan Shaikh stated, “Our recently launched Internship programme for Differently-Abled Persons is a key milestone in our efforts to provide them with equal access and opportunity to participate in economic activities and realize their full potential.
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This program, which is a component of our “Futuremakers Inclusive Employability Programme” and is essential for integrating diversity and inclusion priorities across our footprint, is supported by improved infrastructure, service delivery, and the application of cutting-edge technologies.
We are sure that this will lead to more openings and chances for growth as we move forward because it is also consistent with the Central Bank’s goals for financial inclusion for people with disabilities.
With a wheelchair ramp, elevator flooring, etc., the bank has made sure its infrastructure is compatible. Digital tools are also incorporated into the program to increase accessibility for interns with disabilities. Additional sign language literacy and sensitivity training is available to help all staff members be truly inclusive.