In its quest to be fronting the unique developments in the rural banking industry, Amenfiman Rural Bank at Wassa Akropong of the Wassa Amenfi East district, Western Region, has introduced a distinctive approach to upgrade the skills of staff to stand ready for higher and more responsible positions within the bank going into the future.
The bank’s board and management see building a sustainable human resource capacity in the organisation as a strategic move to create a pipeline for succession. The bank is therefore looking into a future where the personnel have been groomed and inculcated within the staff an in-house culture that provides them with the capability of taking the business into the future.
This will enable the bank to fill higher roles from within when the need arises, which the board believes will be less expensive; and there will also be an improved performance in the organisation so that the bank’s vision of becoming the best and leading bank in the country will be achieved.
It is therefore in this regard that the board and management have initiated a programme dubbed the ‘Amenfiman Talent Programme’ – otherwise called the (A-TaP) – as an internal system to equip employees with requisite skills to replace retiring staff and consciously build the capacity of its employees.
Under the A-TaP, which is a novelty in the rural banking industry, applicants are assessed very thoroughly and successful candidates go through a rigorous, ready-for-the job training module. They are equipped with the appropriate skills and attitudes to help the bank take on emerging challenges facing the industry.
The maiden edition of this unique A-TaP programme was on the theme ‘Develop, Grow, and Thrive: The People Factor in Organisational Growth – a Shared Responsibility for Both the Employer and Employee’, and saw eighteen – out of twenty-eight employees who were accessed – graduate recently in Tarkwa.
They were given coaches and mentors during the period of training, as well as an opportunity to undergo internship in some of the organisations within the industry – and graduated with the following awards: Associate-Amenfiman TDP – Talent Development Programme; Associate-Amenfiman EMDP-Emerging Management Development Programme; and Associate-Amenfiman ADP-Advanced Development Programme.
The CEO of the bank, Dr. Alex Asmah, tells Business & Financial Times in an interview that the primary objective of this unique programme is to be a net exporter of human resources in the rural banking industry and look forward to celebrating one of the beneficiaries of this novelty – who will have the opportunity to take up a higher responsibility in one of the banks and be able to provide leadership to that organisation.
Dr. Asmah anticipates a situation where a staff leaves Amenfiman Rural Bank for another rural bank and he/she becomes a positive additional resource to the industry as a whole, because he believes the industry competes in unity and this will bring development to the entire industry and not be a total loss to the bank but an improvement in the industry’s positive image.
The CEO of the bank also believes that building the human resource capacity alone will not bring the desired fulfillment and satisfaction for staff to stay and work. He revealed that management is doing all it can to motivate this calibre of staff to remain loyal to Amenfiman Rural Bank and deliver as required of them to bring the very significant improvement they all yearn for.
The Chairman of the board of directors, Dr. Tony Aubynn, acknowledged the board’s endorsement of this unique programme that has the propensity to help the bank achieve its vision of becoming best in the industry.
According to him, the selected employees were tasked to bring improvement in three major operational areas: these were to improve deposit mobilisation; come out with new approaches to recoveries; and innovate around product development.
He said even though the results provided were not as expected, these talents were able to come out with some satisfactory results which give the board some hope that the programme will realise its intended objective.
The Paramount Chief of the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, congratulated the graduates and advised them to eschew any act of dishonesty and uphold integrity as professional bankers, since banking thrives in a dignified environment.
He pledged his royal support to the bank in its quest to achieve excellence and commended both management and the board for the positive impact they have made over the years, especially in its operational territories.