‘Don’t limit your job search to banks’

DEPUTY Bank of Zambia (BOZ) governor for administration, Dr Tukiya Kankasa has urged graduates of the Zambia Institute of Banking and Financial Services (ZIBFS) to not limit their search for employment to Banks only.
Dr Kankasa also said this is because their qualifications equip them not just for the commercial banks but financial services in general.
She was speaking at the 14th ZIBFS graduation ceremony in Lusaka under the theme “Financial Literacy, the key to economic growth,” where 524 students graduated in various financial disciplines.
“We are here to celebrate the graduation of the certificate and diploma level students, the professional diploma graduands and the first graduands of the advanced professional diploma in banking and financial services and the first graduands of the continuous professional diploma subjects,” she said.
Dr Kankasa commended ZIBFS for the ongoing initiative in developing examination programmes not only for young people but also for those already in the industry adding that career enhancement can only be achieved by continuous professional development.
She said to this effect, ZIBFS launched the professional diploma four years ago where 300 graduates of the programme are all eligible to develop their careers further by commencing studies to the advanced professional diploma.
And Dr Kankasa also reminded employers that staff training is an investment for the future and not an expense.
She said the training in practical skills provides a long term benefit that can only enhance customer service.
Meanwhile president of ZIBFS Cephas Chabu has called on commercial banks and other Financial Institutions to consider employing the graduands.
Mr Chabu said the graduands have the skills that it takes to operate efficiently and effectively in any suitable position that may be given to them in any bank or financial institution.
He reminded all financial institutions that are yet to come on board that it is always cheaper and value adding to recruit and train a qualified officer than to recruit and attempt to train an unqualified employee.
Mr Chabu congratulated the students on their achievement.

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