Training academies are an important part of the corporate world. These academies provide access to a rich pool of talent and also equip professionals with the necessary resources to transition into various careers and build their professional networks. In Nigeria, commercial banks have a considerably high number of training academies. In fact, out of the 22 registered commercial banks in the country, 17 have accredited academies.
For a long time, banks’ training institutes have typically functioned around rigidity. From their spatial architecture, learning modes, to furnishings, these spaces hardly allow for flexibility which is a core requirement for the learning space of the future. So when Wema Bank, a leading financial institution reached out to Spacefinish to help build its corporate training academy, we designed and created a state-of-the-art academy that helps its users stay innovative, productive, and easily collaborate.
Promoting Active Learning Through Agile Spaces:
Research has shown that physical, in-person learning is still very much relevant. Hence, the future of physical classrooms is agile. Learning spaces should be flexible and collaborative enough to allow users to learn how and where they want. The Purple Academy is built on the principles that users need both open and collaborative time with co-users as well as quiet, more private areas to individually focus and execute projects. We introduced dynamic modular furniture that offers endless configurations to accommodate organic collaboration, peer-to-peer interaction, and inspiring learning environments.
A Dynamic Library. As learning spaces and styles evolve, so has the way people access resources. The modern library builds upon the functions and capabilities of traditional libraries by leveraging technology to provide access to limitless resources. We designed the library in the Purple Academy to reflect the influence of technology on libraries by installing tablet-like bookshelves to show how educational materials can now be accessed through digital devices.
Engendering Innovation Through Inspiration
Students and instructors want to be a part of something creative and inspiring. However, traditional learning space comes with a lot of inhibition in this regard by being bland and uninspiring. In designing the Purple Academy, Spacefinish infused copious inspiration touchpoints. The library in the Purple Academy, for example, reflects the influence of technology on libraries.
Wema Bank’s Purple Academy has shown that at a time like this, it has become paramount for corporate institutions like banks to reimagine their learning spaces. Through the intentional design of learning spaces that are flexible enough to promote collaboration and innovation easily, corporate institutions can be assured that professionals can become the best version of themselves.