MBNA showcases investment in skills to UK Minister
Skills minister Matthew Hancock recently visited MBNA's Chester offices to find out more about the company's ongoing commitment to the development of its employees.
During his visit to Chester, Hancock was shown the range of qualifications available to MBNA employees, which include courses offered by the Institute of Credit Management, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and 11 government-funded programmes across different disciplines.
Ian O'Doherty, chief executive of MBNA, said: "It was a privilege to welcome the Minister to our Chester headquarters and to show him, first hand, the benefits that come with a business investing in the potential of its people.
"We made a commitment to engage, enable and empower our people and it's been fantastic to see people all over our business willing to seize the challenge to develop their careers."
Hancock, who grew up in Cheshire and was educated at Chester's Kings School and West Cheshire College, is helping to spearhead the government's Employer Ownership of Skills pilot.
"As part of the Minister's visit we also discussed how we can further invest in our workforce, through the government's Employer Ownership of Skills pilot scheme, to offer an even wider range of higher level qualifications to our employees.", O'Doherty added.
The £340 million Employer Ownership of Skills scheme is designed to give employers direct access to investment for projects, where employers are also prepared to commit their own funds to shape the skills agenda, train current and future workforces and drive enterprise.
The assessment stage is due to be completed by July and an announcement on successful projects is expected later this year.