In 1965, the Standard Bank of South Africa merged with the Bank of West Africa acquiring businesses including a banking operation in Nigeria, which dated back to 1894. The name was then changed to Standard Bank of West Africa. Four years after the merger, Standard Bank Nigeria was incorporated locally to take over the business in Nigeria. In 1971, 13% of the share capital was placed with Nigerian investors. The end of the civil war saw a major economic upturn and as a consequence, the military government sought to increase local control of the retail-banking sector, hence the Bank’s investment in Standard Bank Nigeria (renamed First Bank of Nigeria in 1979) was reduced to 38%. Standard Chartered remained a shareholder of First Bank of Nigeria until 1996.
Achieve your potential
You’ll be given real responsibilities and held accountable from day one. You’ll be held to a high standard and expected to perform, and we’ll support you to ensure you achieve your potential. It’s a fast paced, challenging programme aimed at building a broad knowledge base and honing your skills to become a world–class professional.
Choose an International Graduate Programme stream
For more information on International Graduate Programme opportunities within our business areas click on the links below.

Consumer Bank International Graduate Programme
Wholesale Bank International Graduate Programme
Specialist Functions International Graduate Programme
Standard Chartered International Graduate Programme
Aimed at developing tomorrow’s leaders, the Standard Chartered International Graduate Programme is a fast-paced, challenging programme that will set you up for a highly successful career in banking.
The International Graduate Programme offers eight streams covering Wholesale Bank, Consumer Bank and Specialist Functions. No matter which stream you choose, you will work in international teams and collaborate across borders. And depending on your chosen path, you may have the opportunity to work abroad.
Set off on the right foot
Your journey with us commences with your local induction soon followed by our International Induction Programme (IIP) held in Kuala Lumpur. Here you will meet and interact with other graduates, developing a professional network that spans the globe. You’ll also interact with senior leaders and get to know Standard Chartered, our businesses, strategy, what we stand for and our role in the communities in which we operate.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, apply now.


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