29/11/2001

Lord Mayor opens Learning and Development Suite

The Ulster Bank has opened a new state-of-the-art Learning and Development Suite in Donegall Square East, Belfast.

This suite which was opened by Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Jim Rodgers on Thursday November 29, forms part of a £87 million investment programme by the Ulster Bank. The suite’s facilities include a virtual branch, a technology facility, lecture rooms and will be used to support training across Northern Ireland.

Making the announcement at the official opening with Ulster Bank Group Chief Executive, Martin Wilson, the Lord Mayor said that he was delighted to see such an important new facility located in Belfast. He said the major investment by Ulster Bank would benefit not only existing Ulster Bank staff but also 30 long-term unemployed and 60 people from adjacent Targeted Social Needs areas who Ulster Bank was in the process of recruiting.

Martin Wilson, commenting on behalf of the Bank said: “This investment in our new Learning and Development suite is an integral part of Ulster Bank’s strategy to enhance customer service, while being an employer of choice. The investment will support our accreditation as Investors in People.”

The Learning and Development suite will be used to provide training for over 2000 people per annum, with over 4000 training days.

With five professional trainers the suite will be available for IT training for around 1000 people per annum.

Every employee at the Ulster Bank will now have access to a multi media PC for learning.

The Ulster Bank currently employs 4700 Staff, of which approximately 2200 are based in Northern Ireland. (SP)

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