Wema Bank, owners of ALAT digital bank, says it employed over 60 young Nigerian technology talents to create innovative solutions for the financial services institution.
Wema Bank, says the 60 technology talents are among the 69 new graduates hired and who recently completed its Bankers-in-Training Scheme.
The technology talent, the bank says “also underwent technical assessment as the bank sought to refine their skills for modern and innovative banking requirements before integrating them into the system to put their knowledge into practice in Wema Bank and ALAT departments”, Ololade Ogungbenro, Wema Bank Chief Human Resource Officer says.
Wema Bank, the creator of Nigeria’s first fully digital bank, ALAT By Wema, Ogungbenro says, “has an impressive track record of talent development and management.”
Apart from the Bankers-in-Training Scheme, the bank says it launched an SME Business School last year to equip SMEs with the essential management knowledge required to effectively run their businesses and respond to challenges in a demanding business environment.
At Wema Bank, the Bankers-in-Training scheme is an intensive 14-week programme to help develop well-rounded bankers who are taken through the rudiments of the profession before being employed by the bank.
The Wema Bank Chief Human Resource Officer, who describes the new talents as “bright with an aptitude for banking” says the bank would not relent in developing and enlarging Nigeria’s talent pool of bankers with adequately trained people who will further develop the sector.
“We have taken it as a duty at Wema Bank to upskill talents and set them on a comfortable pathway as they join us. Apart from our core banking business, we are also about talent development and management; hence we are delighted to have trained this new set of recruits and integrated them into the system,” she adds.
With an average age of 27, this latest cohort was trained at the financial institution’s Purple Academy in Lagos. They underwent a general assessment to test for knowledge, comprehension, and numeracy skills, according to Wema Bank.