Institute of Bankers of The Gambia over the weekend held a-two-day professional
development training at Baobab Resort hotel in Bijilo. The training targeted
forty-five participants from various institutions aim to build their capacities
and upgrade their skills at work places to ensure effective and efficiency
Registrar of the institute Bernard Manneh said the Institute of Bankers of The Gambia is aware of the critical knowledge gap among their members, saying professional bankers are committed to promoting standard training and professional development in the banking industry through continuous professional development.
He said Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is simply a means of supporting people in the workplace to understand more about the environment in which they work, the job they do and how to do it better. “Today, we live in a rapidly changing world where legislative, social and economic developments directly affect the environment in which we live and work, and where technology provide radically different ways of working.”
He further stated that continuous professional development opportunities provides a mean where people can be abreast with changes, broaden their skills and be more effective in their work.
He added that CPD can be part of individual ambition to be a better practitioner, enhance career prospects or to simply feel more confident about their work and make it more personally fulfilling. “It can be a step through the ladder to higher qualification or enhanced job prospects or be required by professional bodies to maintain professional status. It can also be part of meeting targets set by workforce performance management schemes or an opportunity for individuals to change their career paths.”
Mr. Manneh said while CPD is an important part of their working lives, it also represents a mean for employers to support their staff, saying it can facilitate access to specialized structured training, help to review working practices and contribute to a more effective and profitable business.