Sterling Bank Plc has announced partnership with Nexford University, a United States-based online university. The partnership is aimed at empowering youths with needed skills at workplace in order to become employable.
According to the Divisional Head, Health and Education sectors, Sterling Bank, Mr. Obinna Ukachukwu, the programme was designed to solve three major challenges of enabling employers to find qualified entry level talent, helping students with affordable access to university and giving students the skills they need to actually get jobs.
“The benefits of the partnership for Sterling Bank are multiple. First is access to student talent. The students are given an education specifically tailored to the bank’s corporate needs. This saves Sterling Bank money on current early stage training to upskill graduates to the required level. Nexford’s competency-based curriculum also provides Sterling Bank with multiple data points to evaluate applicants’ qualifications, thus saving time on filtering large numbers of applications and the wider recruitment process”
“Students will also benefit as Sterling Bank will be playing two roles of helping the students to underwrite loans to fund their tuition fees with Nexford. This will protect them against fluctuations in foreign exchange and put them in control of their finances”.
“Sterling Bank will also provide the students with partial scholarships and internships during their studies, in addition to post-graduation job opportunities”.