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School of Banking

Hatton National Bank (HNB), the premier private sector commercial bank in Sri Lanka has stepped forward to uplift Banking and Finance education among the youth in the Jaffna peninsula.

The Bank anticipates an increasing demand for skilled & trained financial services sector professionals in the North & East (N&E).

An initiative was taken by HNB to cater to this requirement of the area by providing school leavers with knowledge and exposure in banking and finance. An academic programme under the title, “Certificate in Elementary Banking and Finance” was launched   at the HNB Chunnakam customer centre recently.

The course consists of four subjects namely Business of Banking, Accounting, Economics and Management and Organisation, the total duration of which will be three months. The uniqueness of this initiative is that it is the first time in the peninsula that video conferencing will be used as a support medium in youth education.

The first batch will consist of 50 students and it is envisaged that two batches would be trained per year during the next two years by HNB.

The course was inaugurated by HNB MD/CEO Rajendra Theagarajah in the presence of Human Resources & Administration DGM J R P M Paiva, Senior Manager (Regional Head-North-East Region) A. V. Beadle, Training & Development Senior Manager Mrs. M Rambukwella and several senior lecturers from Jaffna University who will be a part of the faculty for same. The course is provided free of charge for selected candidates.
Speaking on this occasion, Theagarajah said, “Developing youth in the N&E to embark on careers related to Financial Services sector could uplift the community’s living standards. This will further address potential barriers in meeting up with expected employment standards in the future at a macro level. participants may not only be able to seek employment with HNB, but also with other banks and institutions providing financial services in the peninsula.

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