In-house programme helps future bank managers to work as an integrated whole
Only in its second year of implementation, the Management Development Programme at Nedbank already has produced its second batch of fifteen potential future managers. Since its inception last year, more than 30 bank employees have successfully completed the course.
This is our flagship development programme and only a small group of staff members is selected annually. The programme is distinctive because it is customised for our unique Nedbank Namibia environment. Besides developing leadership capabilities, the Managment Development Programme affords Nedbank an opportunity to identify and implement real business opportunities through the Business Development Learning projects,” said the bank’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Meeks.
The programme is built around the certified management courses offered by the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Its purpose is to build leadership and management effectiveness and it covers relevant subjects and competencies for the next generation managers to thrive in an increasingly complex environment by providing young Namibian professionals with learning and development opportunities in banking.
Those employees who are successful in the programme are identified for further development and for retention to ensure the talents stays with Nedbank.
The successful candidates of this year’s class comprise Heinrich Lindner, Hermanus Louw, John Drotsky, Namibia Katuuo, Nello Thimotheus, Mirjam Shapwa, Wendy Kamuiiri, Yvette Dunn, Patrick Awiseb, Elvida Hanekom, Nicholas Christians, Christine Carstens, Ian Platt, Eunice Katjimune and Helmut Gariseb.
“Growing and investing in strong influential managers is part of our people strategy and essential for us to win in 2020 as an employer of choice. Good managers ensure we successfully engage our staff, grow a winning high-performance culture and provide lasting support to our people,” said Meeks.
During the course of the programme, the participants acquire bank-specific competence helping them to implement the bank’s strategic objectives. The course work also helps them to develop a broader management view so that, eventually, they will not perform their own management functions isolated from the rest of the bank’s management.
“Since the inception of the Management Development Programme in 2016 only positive feedback has been received from participants. Numerous interactions, constructive debates and collaboration between delegates stretching over all the departments and geographic locations have enhanced our innovation and execution capability,” concluded Meeks.