Blackpool credit union in national training drive

Andrew Moulding
Andrew Moulding

Blackpool’s Credit Union is strengthening thanks to a former apprentice being accepted onto a top national  development programme.

Business administrator Andrew Moulding, 23, is one of only 20 young people in the UK to be accepted onto the scheme which is boosting the credit union sector by developing young talent.

He has been nominated and sponsored by his employers to take part in the CU Futures scheme, and will receive bespoke financial training aimed at creating the credit union managers, directors and leaders of the future.

To qualify for the 12-month programme, credit union employees between the ages of 18 and 35 had to demonstrate passion, enthusiasm, and an aptitude for leadership.

As well as receiving an industry standard qualification accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance, Andrew will participate in high profile initiatives including International Credit Union Day celebration at Westminster, Association of British Credit Union Limited’s Policy Summit, and the Pacific Institute’s High Performance Culture programme.

The former Blackpool and the Fylde College student from Cleveleys joined the credit union on a business administration apprenticeship four years ago, before being offered a full-time position.

Mike Barry, chief executive, said: “As he has grown and gained further knowledge and experience, he has established himself as a dependable and valued member of our team committed to helping members of the local community access safe savings accounts and affordable credit.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for young people in the credit union movement to gain formal qualifications to help them become the future leaders of the sector, learn about banking, finance, regulation and governance.”

Andrew said: “The CU Futures programme teaches a wide range of skills I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to develop. I really enjoy working for BFWCU and firmly believe it has an important role to play within the community.”