ELBA and Standard Chartered awarded prestigious Dragon Award for RISE

ELBA and Standard Chartered awarded prestigious Dragon Award for RISE employment programme

On the 10th of October, the Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, awarded ELBA and Standard Chartered a prestigious 2023 Dragon Award in the Inclusive Employment category for RISE, an employability and mentorship programme.

The awards ceremony took place at Mansion House where winners were recognised for their achievements in social impact. The Inclusive Employment Award celebrates projects that are promoting social mobility and removing barriers to employment and progression for disadvantaged, underrepresented or minority groups, creating a more diverse and inclusive London workforce.

“We are delighted that the partnership between Standard Chartered and ELBA has been recognised with this Dragon Award. We are so proud of the work we do together and this award is recognition of the importance of making sure every young person gets a fair chance to make the most of their opportunities. Everyone has dreams and aspirations, and Standard Chartered is making a real difference in these young people’s lives by helping them develop the skills and confidence to reach their goals in life. We are thrilled to get this recognition from our peers, and it spurs us on to do more.”

– Ian Parkes, CEO, East London Business Alliance

RISE is a volunteer-led employability and mentorship programme delivered in the UK. The programme is designed to remove barriers to work and progression for Black and minority ethnic young people from low-income local communities. Over a period of eight months, young people on the RISE programme are exposed to three key areas of intensive support, covering mentorship, career insights and preparation for the world of work. Carefully selected workshops are delivered by volunteers who share expertise, skills and career insights to help demystify the world of work and raise awareness of the multitude of careers and career pathways that exist in the City of London.

Through RISE, ELBA and Standard Chartered are demonstrating the value in increased transparency of the recruitment process so that talent who are not familiar with, nor have the network to navigate this space, are able to participate with confidence and successfully apply for roles in the corporate world and beyond.

Sonia Rossetti, Regional Head Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank, said:

“Standard Chartered is thrilled that Futuremakers RISE is a 2023 Dragon Award winner in the Inclusive Employment category. The award fills us with immense pride as we recognise the impact achieved through the RISE programme and our commitment to creating a diverse workforce for all. It is testament to the powerful partnerships with our colleagues, the East London Business Alliance and the young people in our communities who bring this programme to life.”

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