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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Absa launches ambitious graduate engagement programme

 By Our Reporter Dar es Salaam

Absa Bank Tanzania Limited has announced the launch of its “Leaders in
the Making”Graduate Engagement Program, an ambitious leadership development
enterprise designed to foster the next generation of Absa leaders from
a pool of recent university graduates.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Obedi Laiser, Director of Finance at Absa Bank Tanzania, said : “The aim of this programme is to take fresh university graduates, provide them with quality job opportunities and nurture the into becoming future corporate leaders who will have great impact in our organization and the banking industry in Tanzania.”

A twelve-month well-structured management trainee drill, “Leaders in
the Making” targets those who graduated between 2020-2023.

The Absa executive added: “Our young generation faces a rapidly changing world and many challenges in finding work opportunities. And so, two of our top priorities are to help young people prepare for the working world of tomorrow and to offer them quality jobs that will bring their possibilities to life. Thus, this programme ensures that as a local bank and a good corporate citizen, we live up to our commitment of addressing youth unemployment and skills development for
the country.”

The bank has been running a similar Graduate Trainee Program since 2013, which has proved to be a resounding success in producing local leaders who have since ascended the corporate ranks to occupy senior leadership positions within Absa and other financial institutions in the country.

For the 2023 edition, Absa has hired Empower Limited as the implementing partner.

The choice, according to Absa, is based on the bank’s trust on Empower’s expertise and commitment to youth development, their unique understanding of the labour market and the competencies of the future, and their close relationship with the country’s largest tertiary academic institutions, makes them the right partners for such an undertaking.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Patrick Foya, the Director of
People Function, said: “This partnership will ensure that the
programme remains relevant in this dynamic market and that it pushes
the candidates to fulfill their optimum potential and be ready for
future leadership roles in the corporate world.”

The Programme will offer participants a 12-month immersive learning
experience featuring leadership exposure, digital master-classes,
mentorship and coaching, innovation challenges, book clubs, 21st
century skills workshops, a play-to-win retreat, research & market
analysis, inspirational sessions, and practical exposure to various
areas of the bank’s operations.

Upon completing the programme, Absa expects participants to possess
comprehensive understanding of the corporate world and at the same
time be well-equipped to assume leadership functions within the bank
and beyond.

In addition to targeting candidates who have graduated from university
between 2020-2023, the initiative is open to those to join Absa as
soon as April 2023 and remain with the bank for the entire duration of
the programme. Application for the programme is open and interested
candidates can visit Empower website (accessible via
www.empower.co.tz) and search for “Leaders in The Making” to apply
before 26 February 2023.

In his concluding remarks, Laiser said: “I urged all fresh graduates
to grab this opportunity with both hands and apply before the set
deadline – the initiative promises an exciting and innovative career
journey at Absa for all participants. Absa bank assures everyone that
the recruitment process will be fair and transparent, owing to the
bank’s commitment to being a force for good in the community.”

Absa Bank Tanzania Director of People and Culture (HR), Patrick Foya (second left),addresses the press during the launch of Absa's graduate engagement program in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Looking on from left are Absa Head of Marketing and Corporate Relations, Aron Luhanga, thebank’s Director of Finance, Obedi Laiser and Empower Marketing and Communications Manager, Joanna Mallya.

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