A credit union employee from Cleveleys has completed a training programme which develops young talent to strengthen the sector, and will help improve services for local people.
Andrew Moulding, a 23-year-old business administrator at CLEVR Money credit union in Blackpool, was nominated by his employer to participate in the CU Futures scheme – one of only 20 young people in the country to be accepted onto the course.
The former Blackpool and the Fylde College student joined CLEVR Money on a business administration apprenticeship four years ago, before being offered a full-time position.
To be deemed eligible for the competitive 12-month programme, credit union employees between the ages of 18 and 35 had to demonstrate passion, enthusiasm and an aptitude for leadership.
CU Futures is run by the Association of British Credit Unions in partnership with the Credit Union Foundation, and is sponsored by Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of CityGroup bank.
Designed to give financial training to young people identified as the credit union leaders of the future, the course also introduces resources, techniques and information which helps them improve services for people within their communities in need of financial assistance.
He was awarded a graduation certificate at a ceremony held at ABCUL’s annual conference in Manchester.
Mike Barry, chief executive of CLEVR Money said: “This is an important opportunity for young people working within the sector to develop their careers and learn more about banking, finance, regulation and governance.
“Andrew is an extremely valued member of our team who is dedicated to providing the best service possible to our members. This qualification has enabled him to enhance his skills and knowledge, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes him.”
Andrew said: “It was great to meet employees from other credit unions and find out how they operate, in addition to what we can learn from them in order to improve our members’ experience.”