Global bank, with local branch gives students a view into the world of finance

Business students at Walsall College had an insight into the inner workings of global banking, with an industry presentation delivered by the Swedish bank, Handelsbanken.

The branch manager at Handelsbanken’s recently opened Walsall office, Stephen Breen, along with his colleague Joanna Warburton, from the Regional Personnel department, visited the college’s business hub on Thursday 21st January and gave an inspiring talk to a class of students.

Areas covered included the history of the European bank, highlighting the different ways in which it operates, with decisions made locally and success being defined by satisfied customers.

Joanna also discussed the type of careers open to graduates, as well as the range of internship opportunities and apprenticeship schemes they are looking into offering in the future.

Business lecturer at Walsall College, Cordelle Taylor, said: “Students found the session extremely useful as it has increased their knowledge of the careers paths available in banking and given them a detailed insight into how the sector operates in general.”

Student, Alexander Lee Watkins, 18, said: “I’m fascinated by the world of banking, so I found the presentation really informative. I now have a clearer idea of what working in banking would be like.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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