The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, has described Heritage Bank as a forward looking business whose strength lies in the ability to spot and mould talents into great professionals. According to him, any business that hopes to survive the current economic challenges must devise a creative way of harnessing the full potentials of the talents that abound among the nation’s teeming youth population.
Mr. Sekibo made these claims at a valedictory dinner held recently in honour of the fresh graduands of The Refinery, the Heritage Banking Company’s Training School being run by the Bank’s Human Capital Management Group.
A total of 141 graduands feted at the Dinner were offered automatic employment by The Talent Resourcing department of the Human Capital Management Group.
Apart from the automatic employment, cash prizes of various sums were also given to three individuals who excelled during the training. These were Ebonu Chioma who came tops of the class and Etache Roseline and Oyebande Michael who came second and third respectively.
Mr. Ifie Sekibo urged the lucky beneficiaries to see the opportunity as a privilege to contribute their quota towards the development of Nigeria by imbibing the bank’s mantra of commitment to spreading the culture of Wealth Creation, Transfer and Sustenance.
“Just as the word Refinery connotes, the Heritage Banking Company Refinery is a Facility where crude talents or abilities are converted or ‘refined’ into ‘finished’ jewel for optimal performance.
“The training program is designed to take each participants 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 behavioral competencies to mention a few”, he stated.
The Heritage Bank helmsman also pointed out that Heritage Bank was assimilating the 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 ends.
According to him, “In recent times, operators in the banking sector have discovered that margins are shrinking, costs are rising and yet nothing is changing. You are coming into an industry that most people think it is impossible to survive but we at Heritage Bank see opportunities in place of despair. So, therefore, your employment comes with uniqueness and promise. Everything you have learnt at the Training School is very important to our balance as an industry and as a company as well as your progress as individuals. I do hope you will live up to expectation particularly with regards to the fact that you are the first set of people straight from the Training School the company will be deploying to manage its business”.
Some of the graduands interviewed at the event were full of excitement as they expressed their readiness to put into use the skills set acquired during the training. They said it was such a rare privilege to have been considered to work for the bank promising that they would live up to expectations.