Thrity five participants from Jaffna completed a 60-hour training programme in English covering the "Business of Banking, Economics, Accounting and Management", which is intended to facilitate their employment in the banking sector; according to a statement from the programme's sponsor Hatton National Bank (HNB).
A part of the domestic bank's community CSR project, this programme, at the same time, also enrolled a second batch of 53 participants who started their training recently at the bank's Chunnakam branch.
Titled the “Certificate Course in Elementary Banking and Finance,” this programme accepts 'school leavers' who have passed their GCE Ordinary Level examinations with credit passes in English and Mathematics and the GCE Advanced Level examinations with a credit pass in at least one subject.
Meanwhile, the programme is being taught by HNB staff and senior lecturers from the University of Jaffna.
Additionally, a "special feature of the training programme is the conduct of lectures from Colombo via video conferencing facility, which provided the students with a novel learning experience", according to the bank's statement.