BrandArena: GTBank’s Training Academy gets CIBN Accreditation as School of Banking Excellence

Tuesday 17 March 2015

GTBank’s Training Academy gets CIBN Accreditation as School of Banking Excellence

The Guaranty Trust Bank Training Academy for pre-entry level staff was accredited by the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) as a School of Banking Excellence in recognition of the quality of the entry level programme which takes fresh graduates through an intensive Four-month pre-career course.

The criteria for endorsing the GTBank’s Academy for Basic Banking by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) focused on evaluating the level of alignment of its curriculum with the professional papers of CIBN and the Competency Framework of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

CIBN, the sole accreditation agency for the Banking and Finance industry in Nigeria, set up a panel of eminent Scholars and seasoned Bankers in September 2014 to assess the curriculum and learning facilities of the academy. At the end of the evaluation, the panel applauded the high learning standards of the academy as well as the foresightedness of the Bank to set up a credible institution that prepare participants for a professional banking experience whilst recommending the academy as a School of Banking Excellence.

Part of the accreditation is the exemption of trainees who are successful at the GTBank Entry Level Training programme from 9 courses in the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigerian (CIBN) Professional Certification examination.

The GTBank Recruitment process is very credible and transparent as it ensures that eligible candidates who have applied to work with the Bank by submitting the relevant documents on the Bank’s Career portal are shortlisted for a computer-based assessment covering Spatial Reasoning, History/Current Affairs, Abstract reasoning, Verbal and Numeric reasoning etc. The assessment is designed to determine if the shortlisted applicants possess the requisite skills for a job role in the Bank. Successful candidates are then invited for three different stages of interviews; Pre-documentation, Panel and One-on-one interview.

Candidates who make it through to the Final Interview stage of the recruitment process will be offered a place in the Bank’s four-month Entry-Level Training Programme where they are expected to make a minimum average score specified at the beginning of the Programme, before they are absorbed into the Bank as staff . The GTBank School of Banking Excellence was set up with a competency-based curriculum where participants are trained and tested on practical, social, and technical aspects of Banking as well as personal development.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc said “We instituted a dynamic talent management strategy designed to identify, attract, train and retain our employees as we are aware that we are competing for the best people globally”. He added “We believe that the GTBank Academy of Basic Banking is critical to developing the next generation of proficient staff, who will best serve our clients and grow our business”.

Guaranty Trust Bank plc with over 200 branches within Nigeria, presently has business subsidiaries in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the United Kingdom. The GTBank brand is regarded as one of the best run financial institutions across the aforementioned countries singularly for its bias for World class customer service ethics, organizational structure, culture and innovation.

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