Standard Bank is a major employer in Africa, employing over 52 147 people. We encourage continuous learning and development to ensure our people are equipped to meet the demands of a rapidly changing, increasingly digital world of work. We invest in training and development at all levels, enabling us to build a strong succession pipeline of future leaders.
5 939 employees across all geographies took part in management and leadership programmes in 2018. Our Standard Bank-ICBC staff exchange programme enables selected employees from both our banks to spend time in headquarters and branches across Africa and China. Our graduate programme provides an entry point into the corporate world, supporting skills development and on-the-job training. We’ve launched the careers of 1 800 university graduates through our graduate programme since 1997. Our internship and learnership programmes build a bridge for young people entering the workplace. Since 2007, over 5 600 learners have participated in the programme, many of whom are still with the bank. We encourage our employees to stay up to date with developments in their fields and we continue to develop their professional skills and provide various employee bursary programmes. These were taken up by 1 933 employees across the group.
Inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all
Impact of digitisation and automation on workforce requirements
Build and retain local skills and capabilities in countries of operation
Our people are critical to the successful delivery of our strategy. We are committed to supporting our people to reach their full potential and remain effective and motivated.
We invest in training and development at all levels, enabling us to build critical and scarce skills and a strong succession pipeline of future leaders.
We’re working to build strong leadership pipelines across the countries in which we operate. We’ve developed a unique Standard Bank leadership identity to guide the characteristics and behaviours required of Standard Bank leaders. We’re also working across the organisation to ensure that we have the skills required to thrive in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. These considerations inform the design of our leadership development programmes.