Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has picked the second cohort of 100 students for its job shadowing programme that aims to provide the learners with an opportunity to experience the work environment and expose them to various careers within its operations.
Job shadowing is a type of on-the-job training that allows interns or students to gain an understanding of the role requirements and the job tasks.
This type of learning is commonly usually used to onboard new employees into an organisation or into a new role.
The DTB job shadowing programme was launched last year with 70 students participating successfully.
The students will be attached to DTB office branches and departments countrywide for two weeks. The attaches are drawn from the University of Nairobi, United States International University, Strathmore University, Mount Kenya University, Daystar University, Africa Nazarene University, Kibabii University, Maseno University and Zetech University.
“We aim, with the job shadowing programme, to give the students who are still in school a chance to interact with the work environment and gain practical experience. This is to encourage the youth to engage themselves in potential career avenues and help harness the talent of youth in this country” DTB Head of Human Resources Lillian Ngala said.
“As an employer, we’re keen to play our role in ensuring the younger generation has the right skills for the workplace. We want to bridge the gap between the theory students acquire in school and bringing in the practical experience of the world of work” she added.
The students will get to shadow various roles at the bank over the two-week programme, as well as receive a stipend for basic needs.
At the end of the programme, they go through a mentorship session on CV writing and presentation skills to adequately prepare them for the job market.