Equity Group through its subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, EquityBCDC has launched its mentorship and leadership development program dubbed the Equity Leaders Program (ELP).
The Equity Leaders Program, which is one of the programs under the Education and Leadership Development pillar has selected 131 top-performing young scholars including 81 boys and 50 girls who topped the final 6 secondary school examinations.
The scholars will form the first cohort of ELP beneficiaries in DRC.
The 131 scholars will undertake a one-week induction process and proceed to join EquityBCDC for a 2-6 months paid internship program where each scholar will get a monthly stipend of USD400 and will experience on-the-job training and mentorship within various departments.
The mentorship and coaching engagement with the scholars will also continue for the period they will be in university as students. They will continue to earn as they learn by way of earning commissions from marketing the Eazzy suite of digital banking products.
Equity Group Managing Director and CEO Dr James Mwangi said, “The Equity Leaders Program, which has been in existence since 1998 in Kenya is being launched in DRC to offer an opportunity to youth in the DRC to explore their potential, enjoy a unique experience of getting on the job training even before joining university and also enjoy access to a regional network of professionals. They will also have a chance to network and form strong professional relationships critical in promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and research among others, thus contributing to the social and economic development of our region.”
In addition to the skills training, ELP aims to empower young academically gifted scholars through mentorship and leadership development and is keen on spurring personal and professional development, creativity and innovation, and community engagement amongst the scholars.