By Elizabeth Chukwuma
Aware of the challenges of the nation’s Banking Industry and its commitment to ensure greater efficiency and boost its workforce, Heritage Bank plc, appears to have got the nod from the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria ,CIBN, to train its new recruits for its Banking operations from its accredited learning and development institute.
Business analysts see it as welcome development as the Bank has embarked on the initial training of 300 new employees. The Institute, baptised “The Refinery”, according to the Banking sources , is supervised by the Bank’s Human Capital Management Group, which is currently training 300 fresh graduates recruited within and outside the country. The new employees, the sources, disclosed have diverse academic backgrounds.
The Institution, baptised, ” Refinery”,according to the Bank sources was a tailored learning Institute with a perfect blend of ”technology techniques and methodologies to optimise training experiences”, ostensibly to help employees succeed in ensuring that the bank’s business stays ahead of the curve with the banking sector in order to achieve the Heritage Bank’s target goals.
Only recently The Value News visited The Refinery in Port Harcourt during the ushering in of the new intakes by the Group Head, Learning and Development of CIBN, Babatunde Apena . The CIBN, top official who could not hide his feelings had commended the Bank’s training facility , describing it as one of the best in nation’s banking industry that could only be compared with learning facilities in Banks found in other parts of the world, particular, those found in the industrialised nations.
Ifie Sekibo, the Bank’s Managing Director, collaborated the CIBN, top exec
He explained that at the Institute they hire young graduates who want to advance their skill levels, which will lead to a direct and indirect improvement of the life for their family members and communities that will culminate towards into developing a more productive and, resourceful persons.
According to him”, any business that hopes to survive under the current economic challenges faced by the country must devise a creative way of harnessing the full potentials of the talents that abound among the nation’s teeming youth population.
Appealing to the new employees , to have at the back of their mind that after their graduation from the Bank’s Institute, they should have the opportunity to contribute their quota towards the development of the country, he charged them to ” ”imbibe the bank’s mantra of commitment to spreading the culture of Wealth Creation, Preserve and Transfer”.
“The Heritage training program, he disclosed was designed to take each participant on an enriching, rigorous and intellectually engaging learning journey to equip them with the fundamental competencies required of a professional banker. ”The Curriculums are structured to accommodate both Core and Non-Core Banking competencies such as finance, credit and accounting, organizational and behavioural competencies”, he had said.
The Herritage Bank boss, pointed out that it has assembled a large number of new hands at a time when gainful employment was becoming hard to come by; stressing that the bank had always remained optimistic and pragmatic in deploying its resources for developmental purposes.
The Rivers state born Banker opined that “in the recent
Giving a word of advice to the new Bankers :You are coming into an industry that most people think it is impossible to survive but we, at Heritage Bank see more opportunities in place of despair, noting that employment comes with uniqueness and promise.
He urged them to put in practice everything they have learnt within the three months they were in the Bank Training School to maintain a balance as an industry and a company to achieve progress as individuals.
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