The Standard Group has partnered with the Aga Khan University to train journalists in a one-year programme targeting young university graduates. Twelve trainees have already been chosen for the programme out of 500 applicants. The trainees will have six month of classroom training, then spend the rest of the time working on Standard Group platforms. Standard Group Chief Executive Officer Sam Shollei said they will get mentorship from the company's journalists and other experts. Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications Dean Michael Meyer termed the programme a wonderful experience for young trainees.