Bank sector trains 200 long-term unemployed youth

Summary

The first graduates of Febelfin’s programme to train long-term unemployed youth to work in a bank has shown promising results

One-third have jobs

Febelfin, the federation for the financial sector, partnered with social organisations earlier this year with the launch of a programme to train 200 long-term unemployed people with a maximum age of 26 to work at bank counters. Of the 38 who completed the programme, nearly one-third have already found a job, according to Jobat.

“The youngsters followed a two-month training at the Febelfin Academy,” Werner Abelshausen, director of social affairs and training at Febelfin, told Jobat. “After that, they were placed in internships of again two months at local banks.”

The training covered both technical and customer service skills. “We teach them to deal with clients, with colleagues, how to manage their time, the attitude that is expected on the work floor and how to work with software,” said Ann Vanlommel, managing director of the Febelfin Academy. Students also received a language course, she added.

The programme, scheduled to run until the end of next year and train a total of 200 youth, is subsidised by the federal work ministry. The first 38 to complete the programme this year came from a total of 45 at the start of the training. A new crop of 50 students are now receiving the training.

Not all participants will get a job at a bank, Abelshausen noted. “But they will gain more confidence and increase their chances of getting a job in other sectors,” he said.

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The first graduates of Febelfin’s programme to train long-term unemployed youth to work in a bank has shown promising results.

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