Training and Skill Development

Education translates into development, and yet education is an essential prerequisite for development as well. A sufficient level of education helps every individual overcome the challenges of life, not only in society but on an economic and political level as well. Education means better chances for finding a job and earning a living, but it also provides greater opportunities to be heard in society and thus actively partake in social and political processes. Good school systems and effective training structures are therefore a precondition for development.

Furthermore, professionally well-trained staff members are key for the success of every company and institution, in both the formal and informal sectors. Businesses often lament how applicants are ill-prepared to deal with professional life, and that they exhibit a lack of technical expertise and interpersonal skills and have poorly developed critical thinking skills. Developing demand-oriented competence is therefore a crucial aspect for an economy.

Many educational systems around the world are not in a position to meet the demands of the local job market. Major deficits are observable in primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as in vocational training and professional development programmes. Public education systems in particular are under-financed and thus unable to provide equal access to education, let alone of the quality required to build up a sufficiently qualified workforce.

IPC has amassed extensive experience in the transfer of technical expertise and interpersonal skills through the training of a large number of bank employees at all levels within the framework of our consulting assignments worldwide, as well as through the training we have provided to staff of the ProCredit group. Based on this experience and our extensive pedagogical expertise, we endeavour to contribute to higher quality teaching and learning. Our activities focus on the following areas:

Educational institutions and concepts

IPC establishes and manages educational institutions or supports training facilities in the design of demand-oriented training and professional development. Based on an analysis of the needs of both private and public employers, we develop lesson plans and ensure that they are implemented in a target group-oriented way.

Staff development programmes and training systems

IPC analyses staff development systems, professional training programmes and organisational structures in order to find opportunities for optimisation and improvement. With the aim of institutionalising education, we concentrate on establishing training departments and on preparing and coaching managers and training staff. In addition to designing professional development programmes, we also conduct the corresponding courses on-site, applying alternative learning scenarios such as project days, excursions, experimental learning and eLearning.

Our commitment to SMEs and bank clients is clearly visible in this area of activity as well. Due to our substantial experience with SMEs, we have learned a great deal about the issues and difficulties these businesses face. This has enabled us to develop and implement innovative professional development programmes that go far beyond the traditional training sessions usually offered to this target group.

Bearing in mind that many bank clients have difficulties adequately assessing financial services and the associated risks, we also develop training modules which focus on general financial education and on specific topics in the financial industry.

Education finance

It is widely recognised that higher and vocational education provide individuals with comparatively high returns, as learners can specialise and select programmes that facilitate personal success on the job market. In terms of covering the costs of education, it is becoming more common for the burden to be shared between the public sector and private actors. Against this background, we support financial institutions in the development and implementation of education finance products that help distribute the costs of education over a longer period of time. Ultimately, this makes it easier for learners, their families or their employers to cover part of the cost of training.

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