YBI and is working with member Youth Business Poland (YBP) on BEST (Business Employability Skills Training), a career readiness and entrepreneurship project, part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting economic inclusion for disadvantaged people across the Bank's markets. The BEST by Futuremakers project launched in June 2022 and has reached 11 000 participants in its first phase. It has been extended until the end of June 2024. Implemented by YBP with support from YBI and funding from Standard Chartered Foundation, the project provides professional and business development support through incubation programmes, advanced webinars, and advisory services. Building on the emergency support provided in the first phase of the project, the second phase will provide more tailored, targeted solutions for young entrepreneurs who have established their business in Poland and are looking to continue its sustainable growth.
The project is delivered by YBI and YBP in cooperation with Ukrainian House and is funded by Standard Chartered Foundation. It aims to support Ukrainians looking for work, those who want to re-start their business or want to start a business for the first time to access entrepreneurship. Participants are offered mentoring, advisory services, webinars, networking meetings and a database of entrepreneurship and employment information. Additional support is provided to foster social cohesion, help to overcome language and cultural barriers to ensure a better quality of life. Supporting participants to access livelihoods directly contributes to their safety and security and an increase in the quality of life of the families who have come to Poland.
As part of the extension, we are introducing an incubator programme for existing businesses into the project. It supports participants with creating and managing stable enterprises that can generate employment opportunities and grow dynamically. Upon completing the programme, participants will have the confidence and tools they need to turn their ideas into a thriving business, leaving them well-positioned for long-term success. Participants receive intensive training on business management, followed by mentoring opportunities, enabling them to effectively implement the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme’s duration.
Special emphasis is placed on providing services that acknowledge and are designed specifically to address the time constraints of women while they balance supporting their family and providing for their family. In order to foster social cohesion between newly arrived Ukrainians and host communities in Poland, the project ensures that underserved local communities can also access trainings and advisory services.
Standard Chartered employees in Poland support delivery of the project as part of the Bank’s employee volunteering programme which, in 2022, provided each employee with five days of paid leave to support charitable causes in their communities.
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