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CU Futures look ahead to graduation


26 Jan 17

The CU Futures Class of 2017 have held their final programme meeting before graduation at Citi’s UK Head Office.

CU Futures is the innovative programme – run by The Credit Union Foundation alongside ABCUL and sponsored by Citi Foundation – to support and develop young people across the British credit union movement. Launched last year, the first class of 20 future leaders have been undertaking a 12 month programme of education, training, engagement and personal development towards graduation at the 2017 ABCUL Annual Conference in March.

The programme has included the London Institute of Banking and Finance’s Certificate in Credit Union Professional Conduct, the Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence course, and the opportunity to attend events with stakeholders at Westminster and in Scotland, as well as the World Credit Union Conference in Belfast.

The Class of 2017 gathered for the last time at Citi’s Canary Wharf Head Office in London to complete their communications and media training with writer and broadcaster (and Chair of the Credit Union Foundation) Liz Barclay.

They then spent more time working on their collaborative projects proposing solutions to some of the issues facing the credit union sector, which they will present to a panel of judges from the Credit Union Foundation, ABCUL and Citi ahead of their graduation.

With the first year of the programme now drawing to a close, there’s still time for more of the British credit union movement’s exceptional young talent to apply to join the CU Futures Class of 2018, which will start the year long programme in March.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 at the time of their application and be an employee, volunteer or board member of an ABCUL-member credit union. Applicants require their credit union’s permission and need a referee (usually the Chair, Chief Executive or a Senior Manager) who will support them throughout the 12 month programme. In the likely event of the programme being over-subscribed, places will be limited to one per credit union.

Applications must be made using the online application form here, and need to be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Annette Warne-Thomas said: “CU Futures aims to attract and retain talent within the credit union movement, and to educate and strengthen the sector by providing the necessary tools and resources to develop strong leadership.

“We're so proud of our CU Futures Class of 2017, and enormously grateful for the support and encouragement they've received from their own credit union sponsors – not to mention the fantastic backing we’ve had from Citi, including their generous hospitality in hosting the CU Futures in London.

“Looking ahead to the exciting second year of CU Futures, we hope many more of the talented young people active in the credit union movement will apply to join the programme.”

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