Scholars urged to build networks that can address national challenges

Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: Equity Bank has announced to have sponsored 532 students who scored a mean grade A (plain) and A- (minus) in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination for internship program.

The 532 students including 160 scholars from the Wings to Fly program and 363 top students from across the country will intern at various Equity Bank branches across Kenya.

During their internship costing sh.393 million, the students will benefit from structured mentorship and training to build work ethics and leadership skills.

Additionally, the interns will have an opportunity to receive support to secure scholarships in leading global universities.

Speaking during the induction and commissioning, Equity Group Holdings Managing Director and C.E.O James Mwangi urged the students, that as they begin the transition from secondary school to the work environment and eventually to institutions of higher learning, it was important they realize expectations on them are very high and that they are the future leaders of this country.

Mwangi further urged the students to be agents of change and build networks that can address national challenges.

“You’re joining a network of 14,524 Equity Leadership Program members. You are starting a journey of life together with other gifted Kenyans of the same age group. This will be your biggest asset in your career, because out of this group will emerge captains of industry, leaders of business, the public service and other sectors,” said Mwangi.

On personal and career development, he advised the students to embrace competition with themselves and set goals that are ambitious and achievable.

“I urge you to pursue a career path that matches your personality, and one that you are passionate about. Compete against yourself, and continuously set goals that are ambitious and attainable,” he added.

Started in 1998, the internship program is part of the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) that seeks to address the challenges of employability and leadership among young people.