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Learning Premier League Season kicks off at HNB


9 December 2021, Colombo – Hatton National Bank the largest private commercial bank in Sri Lanka launched an innovative employee engagement and development initiative - the HNB Learning Premier League - on Thursday.

The HNB Learning Premier League would be a first, connecting virtual learning with cricket. Modeled on the popular cricket format, the HNB Learning Premier League  would connect with staff on a virtual gaming platform to promote learning and development of its staff.

The HNB Learning Premier League  aims to gamify learning, enhance knowledge, enhance cross functional collaboration, increase digital adoption and encourage senior leadership involvement in creating a progressive learning culture within the organization.

The HNB Learning Premier League  will be a series of matches among registered teams. All teams will be sponsored by a member of the senior management. The matches will be in the form of digital quizzes and challenges promoting mastery of technical knowledge in the area of products, operations, compliance, information security, credit, international trade and general banking. The structure of the tournament will be in the form of a cricket match with teams comprising of 11 players each and include batting and bowling options. The matches will be held in stages namely knockout rounds, league round and finals, spread over few months.

On the launch L Chiranthi Cooray, DGM/Chief Transformation Officer of HNB said the following;

“As a talent-led organization, we are always inventing ways and means for people to learn and grow professionally in their careers. Through initiatives such as these, we clearly demonstrate our commitment towards developing employees - to make sure they get the support they need to be star-performers and exceed our customers’ expectations. Engaging and relevant learning content delivered in an agile manner using digitally smart mediums is the future of corporate training. As a talent-led organization, we are always inventing ways and means for people to learn and grow professionally in their careers”.

Commenting on the initiative; Eomal Munasinha, Chief Learning Officer of HNB said; “We believe in making learning enjoyable and continue to innovate ways in which we deliver learning and development. In a pandemic environment where traditional learning methods were not feasible, the HNB Talent Centre has developed new ways of learning, creating an eco-system that inspires people to learn, improve and grow. HNB Learning Premier League  is yet another innovative concept that we are proud to launch today.”

The game platform was custom built for HNB by Layup - Creative eLearning (Pvt) Ltd, the elearning partner for HNB. Mr Dino Corera, Chief Executive Officer of Layup  had this to say,

“The passion to innovate on the part of HNB's learning and development team in making training more exciting and engaging has been par excellence. Despite the impact of the pandemic, the continued drive to push boundaries in introducing groundbreaking initiatives like the Learning Premiere League stand testament to the resilience of the team and bank at large. Layup is proud to be the Learning Management System supporting HNB's transformative learning journey as well as the Learning Premier League , especially given it's synergies with the ethos of our platform - gamified, socially driven learning”.