BOV Training Centre celebrates its first anniversary since its move to the Bank’s state-of-the-art Training premises in Gzira.
Speaking about the transition, Anthony Scicluna - Chief Officer Ethics and Employee Development said, “This move has been a highly positive experience for us. Our premises now provide the proper environment for training.” He also announced that the Training Centre registered a 20% increase in participation over the previous year, which he attributes in part to the improved premises and the increased accessibilty of the Centre, which is now also being used for sessions after normal office hours.
The Bank’s new Training Centre has three large meeting rooms equipped with modern visual aids accommodating up to 25 individuals. In addition there is a specifically designed setup for Computer and Teller training sessions. The Centre is also equipped with a well-lit office space for the Bank’s training team and a spacious board room. Participants may unwind during breaks in the reception area as well as a large terrace overlooking the Ta’ Xbiex promenade.
Paul Gauci, Executive Training, explained that, “The Bank’s training plan flows from the strategic objectives set up by the Bank’s Management Board. Constant efforts are made to align training provided to the organisation’s business needs as well as the regulatory requirements affecting the financial services sector. Training is delivered by a team of BOV full time trainers as well as Bank officials specialised in technical areas, along with external local and international training practitioners.”
The Bank’s Training Centre delivers intensive technical courses aimed at providing sound grounding in core banking knowledge, risk and regulation at various levels, starting from foundation courses and moving up to advanced levels.
This year, the Bank will start enhancing its services through an eLearning platform. Meanwhile, the Training Courses offered are being accredited by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education. Over 3,000 BOV employees attended programmes and short structured courses at Training Centre over the past year. Various aspects of financial services procedures, compliance, IT, software, soft skills, management skills and team development are addressed.
“This investment in human resources enables us to augment the knowledge and skills of our people, whilst enhancing their career development prospects. We look forward to continue enhancing our training efforts and welcome more employees to our Centre,” concluded Anthony Scicluna.