United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, yesterday held the maiden edition of its expanded Graduate Management Accelerated Programme(GMAP) where over 700 graduates were inducted into the UBA Tribe after a rigorous 6-month hands-on-work and learning experience.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria’s(CIBN) accredited programme and adopted from the globally recognized Graduate Training Programme, is aimed at building the capacity of fresh graduates who are trained as professionals for accelerated career growth to leadership and key positions.
The graduates, 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 O. Elumelu, who spoke about the importance of prioritising human capital development, commended the robust programme that churned out bright and promising professionals, poised to take the bank to another level.
“It is important to develop platforms for people to grow. We would love to see our future CEO’s from this programme and I hope that the enthusiasm, excitement, and energy I see and feel in this room today translates into the greatness we anticipate so that this young bright professionals can help take UBA to the next level,” Elumelu said
“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,” he said
Speaking at the event, group managing director, Oliver Alawuba said that the Bank’s future is guaranteed considering the quality of the graduates produced and the commitment shown by participants over the course of the programme.
“I have observed, with pride, the dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment shown by all participants of the GMAP program 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.”.