Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa Plc, says it held the maiden edition of its expanded Graduate Management Accelerated Programme to groom future professionals across Africa.
A statement by the Bank said over 700 graduates were inducted into the UBA Tribe after a rigorous six-month hands-on-work and learning experience.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria’s accredited programme adopted from the globally recognised Graduate Training Programme, was aimed at building the capacity of fresh graduates who were trained as professionals for accelerated career growth to leadership and key positions.
According to the statement, the graduands, from across its 19 African subsidiaries, completed an intense capacity-building programme, combining learning with on-the-job training experience, garnered while rotating across the bank departments and units.
The Chairman of UBA, Tony Elumelu, who spoke about the importance of prioritising human capital development, commended the robust programme that churned out bright and promising professionals, prepared to take the bank to another level.
Elumelu said, “It is important to develop platforms for people to grow. We would love to see our future CEOs from this programme, and I hope that the enthusiasm, excitement, and energy I see and feel in this room today translate into the greatness we anticipate so that these young bright professionals can help take UBA to the next level.
“UBA is giving opportunities to young Africans, by addressing unemployment on the continent. Employment of these large numbers of young people at this time explains the role our Bank is playing in engineering growth and development across Africa.”
Also speaking, the Group Managing Director, Oliver Alawuba, said, “I have observed, with pride, the dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment shown by all participants of the GMAP programme and delighted. The role of participants is pivotal in providing the much-needed resource required to make the participants of the programme successful as they kick-start their careers.”
According to him, “In UBA, we give everyone an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams, irrespective of age, tribe, gender, and background. the transformation of our dear continent, Africa, is very important to our vision. To achieve this mandate, we need believers, doers, and agents of transformation.”