Chartered Banker Institute supports innovative Fast Track into Financial Services work-readiness course

Wednesday, November 25: Learners on the Fast Track into Financial Services work-readiness programme now have access to the complete Charted Banker Institute’s Vulnerable Customers e-learning module.

Upon successful completion of the module, learners will be able to evidence their learning with an industry recognised e-learning certificate issued by the Institute.

Fast Track, a work-readiness programme developed in 2019 for young people entering the financial services sector, is the result of a partnership project involving Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), learning providers, and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). 

Aimed at HNC/HND/degree level under employed, or unemployed graduates, the programme has been developed as a customised award and credit-rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Once completed, learners receive a SCQF Level 7 qualification, jointly awarded by SFE, the SQA and SDS. 

Lasting six weeks, the course is co-designed and co-delivered by financial services firms – helping ensure that it meets the needs of the sector and gives candidates a strong foundation from which to secure future employment.

Fast Track into Financial Services courses are being offered by City of Glasgow College and Edinburgh College from 30 November and throughout 2021.

Robert McAulay, Relationship Manager for the Chartered Banker Institute, said: “We are excited to provide this free, digital resource to help new entrants to the sector interact with and support the vulnerable customers they will serve.  We hope that it provides them with an early introduction to the Institute, and our key theme of responsible banking.”

Sandy Begbie, Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, said: “Providing a range of pathways into financial services for school leavers, apprentices, graduates and those looking to retrain will help make our industry more inclusive and diverse. Fast Track is co-designed and co-delivered by industry and I’m pleased that so many of our members, including the Chartered Banker Institute, are supporting the scaling up and online delivery of the course, which prepares people to hit the ground running with skills they need to enter the workforce.”

Ian Hanson, Financial Services Sector Manager at SDS, said:  "Our relationship with the Chartered Banker Institute further cements Fast Track's relevance to the financial services sector.  This kind of collaboration ensures that learners can access industry-leading customer services e-learning – helping to ensure they have the right additional knowledge and skills employers are looking for".

Visit the SFE website for further information about the Fast Track programme and details on how to register for the courses starting on 30 November 2020.