160 Bank of Valletta staff members were recently awarded a certificate for completing intensive training programmes in the areas of Credit, Investments and Management during a Graduation Ceremony organised by the BOV Training Centre. Another 6 employees were recognised for obtaining qualifications at Graduate, Post-Graduate and Doctorate levels through self-study under the Bank’s Learning and Self-Development Policy. Attendees were addressed and congratulated by BOV Chairman Deo Scerri and CO Ethics & Employee Development Anthony Scicluna; whilst certificates were presented by CEO Mario Mallia.
In his opening speech Mr Deo Scerri said, “BOV offers superior employee development opportunities because we firmly believe that it is our staff who make Bank of Valletta. We invest considerably in our employees and the return on investment can be witnessed in the success of our Bank and the strong relationships that we build with our customers.”
This year was another successful one for the BOV Training Centre with over 2,500 participants having attended in-house or external training. Bank of Valletta offers fully fledged professional training courses in a vast range of subjects for its employees. The high standard of these courses has recently been recognised by the National Council for Further and Higher Education through the accreditation of a number of courses offered by the Bank. BOV is now licensed as a Higher Education Institution (License Number: 2018-003) and offers employees MQF Level 5 qualifications such as Awards in Managing Customer Excellence, Management and Leadership, Training the Trainer, Fundamentals of Risk Management and Regulations for Financial Institutions.
Other initiatives include a Learning and Self-Development Policy that provides assistance through financial grants and study leave. Mr Anthony Scicluna declared, “Over 90 employees are currently benefitting from this policy which encourages and assists our staff to further develop themselves in professional qualifications such as graduate and post-graduate degrees. The Bank’s e-learning platform is another tool that provides development opportunities to all staff without the need of having to physically go to our Training Centre. Our strategy is to look ahead and identify skills required in the short and long term, so that BOV employees are equipped with the expertise needed to meet future customer needs”.