Bank staff training
In our work, we focus on staff training as it is a prerequisite for sustainable growth in MSE lending operations.
Since its inception, the RSBF has trained more than 10,000 Russian banking experts, thus contributing to the dissemination of the responsible lending approach promoted by the EBRD. Many banking experts trained under the RSBF have continued their impressive careers and now hold senior positions in Russian banks, with many of them responsible for the development of MSE lending in their institutions.
Nonetheless, a training gap still exists in the Russian banking sector, on various levels and in various forms. Since 1994 the RSBF has successfully undertaken numerous measures to close this gap, in particular by providing all kinds of classroom training for various types and levels of banking staff; identifying qualified individuals among the partner institutions’ (PIs) own staff and training them to take over the development of seminars and delivery to their co-workers.
The RSBF specialists have developed a series of high-quality seminars and workshops covering a wide range of topics in MSE lending. The plans and seminar descriptions are updated on a regular basis and published on the Knowledge Sharing Platform.
During the current phase of the RSBF Programme, we have constructed an additional tool designed to promote our objectives – the Knowledge sharing platform. This aims to address the constantly growing demand from partner institutions (PIs) for ways of training and exchanging information about micro and small enterprise.
The KSP is divided into two main categories: (1) Learning online and (2) Library. While the first category is dedicated to electronic learning for credit staff in partner banks, the second category aims at decision-makers in MSE lending business. Managers will find useful MSE market reviews and expert opinions on lending-specific themes.
The electronic brochure describes the main features of the KSP and organizational aspects of e-learning on the Platform, supported by best practice e-learning examples from the EBRD-RSBF partner institutions.
Our online learning section contains a series of e-textbooks developed by the EBRD Russia Small Business Fund. The e-textbooks provide information on the technology of financial analysis for MSEs and cover a variety of related topics, such as "Financial Math", "Business Accounting", "Taxation in the RF", "Balance Sheet", "P&L", "Cash Flow Statement", "Crosschecking Financial Data", "Financial Ratios", "Environmental and Social Aspects of Lending". The online learning service is designed for specialists of the RSBF partner institutions whose work is connected with MSEs. For access to the e-textbooks, needed register on the KSP.
At the request of our partner institutions, we can organize testing of their staff on the topics listed above upon completion of the learning process. By means of a monitoring function, managers responsible for learning can keep track of their staff’s learning process and testing. All employees of the partner institutions can prove their knowledge of the technology of financial analysis of small business entities by taking an EBRD-RSBF certification test.
Access the platform by clicking on this link: www.rsbf.org.