Access Bank Plc’s School of Banking Excellence has been awarded the 2016 Best Bank Academy by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
The award was in recognition of the quality of the school’s curriculum and graduates as well as the consistency in their production of fresh graduates.
Former Registrar of the CIBN, Dr. Uju Ogubunka, who presented the award praised Access Bank for training its workforce and by extension building capacity for the banking and finance industry in Nigeria.
The bank’s School of Banking Excellence “which takes fresh graduates through an intensive five-month pre-career course was the first of such institutions to be accredited by the CIBN in March 2015. Founded in 2002, the school was conceptualized to groom the youth, educate them and prepare future leaders for the banking industry,” CIBN stated in a statement.
During the programme students of the School are mentored by high level resource persons both internal and external including the Chairman and Group Chief Executive of the Bank.
Chief Conduct and Compliance Officer of Access Bank, Pattison Boleigha, who received the award explained that the five months entry level training at the Banking School of Excellence, has acquired an enviable reputation as a learning centre of excellence.
“Our approach to employee development is a mix of different learning methods ranging from self-study, on-the-job training to e-learning programmes.
“Employees on a continuous basis are exposed to various capacity building programmes both locally and internationally,” he noted.