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China Bank pushes employee upskilling

Lawrence Agcaoili - The Philippine Star
China Bank pushes employee upskilling
With the partnership, all China Bank employees could access LinkedIn Learning, an online educational platform with more than 18,000 courses that impart a variety of hard and soft skills starting Aug. 16.
Philstar.com / Deejae Dumlao

MANILA, Philippines — China Banking Corp. has partnered with professional platform LInkedIn to  further enhance the skills of its 9,800  employees.

With the partnership, all China Bank employees could access LinkedIn Learning, an online educational platform with more than 18,000 courses that impart a variety of hard and soft skills starting Aug. 16.

“As we pursue our digital transformation, investing in new technologies to make China Bank an agile, modern organization, we are not forgetting that people are the catalysts of this transformation. The business landscape is changing faster than ever; thus, it’s crucial that we continuously upskill China Bankers to stay competitive and relevant in this digital age,” China Bank chief finance officer Patrick Cheng said.

The collaboration opens up vast opportunities for China Bank employees nationwide to enhance their skills and learn new ones for their personal and professional growth in today’s increasingly skills-first economy.

China Bank bought LinkedIn Learning licenses so its employees can have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning’s courses and learning content across business, creative, and technical categories, some of which are eligible for certification and professional credits.

The bank named the platform Learning EDGE (Empowered talents Driving Growth and Excellence), which is seen  an efficient way to build skills and to close critical skill gaps across the enterprise.

“Nowadays, ease-of-use and mobile capabilities are essential in training. Learning EDGE, available anytime on any device, will help us keep our people stay sharp with the skills needed for their roles now and in the future,” China Bank Human Resources Group head Roskie Testa said.

China Bank had a pilot run of the platform in July with over 500 employees. The results show that the pilot run participants found the courses useful, practical, and expertly produced.

Leadership courses figured prominently among the top 10 most popular ones that these 500 China Bank employees signed up for in the past month, specifically on sessions such as Transformational Leadership and Leading Your Team Through Change.

According to China Bank, employees were also interested to learn how to identify emerging risks, how to protect profits and assets, and team members in times of change.

As the world recovers from the fallout of the pandemic,  LinkedIn head talent and learning solutions for Asia Frank Koo said companies like China Bank are future-proofing their businesses and helping employees to be successful through continuous learning.

Globally, the skills needed in any particular role have been changing quickly over time. In the Philippines, there has been an over 50 per cent change in the top skills for the finance industry since 2015, according to LinkedIn’s Future of Skills report.

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