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ESL Ranked #7 on Training APEX List for Workplace Development Programs

For 17th consecutive year, ESL recognized nationally among businesses across the U.S. for its unique training programs for employees

Rochester, NY — ESL Federal Credit Union is honored to announce that for the 17th consecutive year, Training Magazine named the locally owned financial institution to the list of Training APEX Awards winners for 2022.

ESL ranked #7 on the list, which includes other well-known organizations such as Edward Jones, CVS Health, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, as well as local companies Paychex and ConServe. APEX Award companies were measured on several qualitative and quantitative factors recognizing overall corporate training, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives, and their effectiveness in terms of behavior change and business impact. The list can be viewed at Training Magazine’s website,

ESL was also recognized as an Outstanding Training Initiative Award Winner for its Zelle Overview, that provide frontline staff with information and step-by-step instructions on how to help members set up using the person-to-person transfer service in ESL Mobile and Online Banking.

For companies today, investing in internal training is vital to attracting, retaining, and developing talent. Promoting a superior employee experience is a key initiative for ESL. Even amid challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, ESL continued its commitment to deliver learning and development programs to employees. Changes included modifications to in-person learning environments, where required, to meet COVID safety precautions and shifting some in-person class offerings to online formats. ESL also hosted several online and self-directed options for employees, including an Employee Learning Week, and access to online learning resources to elevate thinking and boost creativity.

The company touts historically low turnover in recent years, in part because of growth and development opportunities available to all employees. Last year, 68% of all jobs were filled from within, and 87% of leadership positions were filled internally.

ESL invests significant resources to provide valuable learning solutions to its workforce. Every employee of the organization has the opportunity to further his or her skillset through coursework offered each year. Courses include topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, and specific Microsoft Office program skills. Employees can also receive up to $5,250 of tuition aid each year for undergraduate or graduate coursework.

The March issue of Training magazine profiles the Top Five companies and provides information about the training efforts of all 100 organizations.

For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
VP/Director, Marketing

About ESL Federal Credit Union

With more than 100 years of locally owned history, ESL Federal Credit Union serves as a full-service financial institution to more than 394,000 members and 14,700 businesses. Founded in 1920, the company provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services and wealth management services through its locally based 23-branch network; telephone, mobile and online banking; and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs approximately 900 people in the Greater Rochester area and holds more than $9.2 billion in assets. Since 1996, ESL has paid out 28 consecutive Owners’ Dividends to its members, totaling more than $265 million. Since the creation of its Community Impact initiative in 2018, ESL has reinvested more than $70 million in grants throughout the community. The company has appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for 11 years, since 2010. ESL Federal Credit Union is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester and can be found online at

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