UOB launches digital skills programme for its workforce

United Overseas Bank (UOB) has launched an holistic learning and development programme, dubbed ‘Better U’, to help its more than 26,000 employees across the group build successful careers in the digital age.

Through a 12-week foundation course, all UOB employees will complete modules aimed at encouraging a growth mindset, developing complex problem solving skills, as well as acquiring skills in the fields of digital innovation, human-centred design and data. 

These five core competencies, which form the bases for future learning and employability, will enable the employees to decide with greater certainty which routes of continued learning and technical specialisation they would like to take.

To cultivate a habit of continual learning among its employees, UOB designed the 12-week course based on behavioural science and training best practices.

In addition to the foundation course, UOB has designed career pathways and learning tracks and will also set up a dedicated team to advise and to guide employees as they navigate the future demands of work.

“We are sowing the seeds of learning to prepare our people for successful careers in an industry that is undergoing significant change,” said Dean Tong, head of human resources at UOB..

Upon completion of the foundation course, UOB employees will be awarded a UOB-IBF Certificate of Achievement.

Following the foundation course, UOB employees can choose to pursue specialised learning tracks or educational opportunities that are aligned with their capabilities and interests. They can also apply for financial support to advance their education up to a Master’s degree should they meet the Bank’s selection and sponsorship criteria.

UOB launched Better U in Singapore with close to 1,500 employees participating. Better U will roll out progressively across the group and, by the end of 2020, the bank expects that at least 70% of all UOB employees globally will have completed the 12-week foundation course.