Banking programme to boost skills of students
Manama, June 10, 2014
A top banker has called for renewed emphasis on training for Bahraini students to "help build a knowledge-based workforce".
According to Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB) chief executive Robert Ainey these are very competitive times for those seeking employment in the banking and finance industry, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"You will have to work hard to impress your potential employers and earn their respect both for your professional abilities and for your soft skills, which today are more important than ever," he said.
Ainey said this in a statement announcing the launch of the association's 10th summer internship programme together with the University of Bahrain (UoB).
Eight member banks have selected 15 students for the programme. It was launched in a ceremony held at the Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance (BIBF).
UoB management and marketing department head Dr Haifa Khalaf stressed the value of internship for students seeking a permanent position in the banking field.
"This is a golden opportunity to be part of the real-banking industry, to apply and expand your knowledge, to gain valuable skills and experience," she said.
"Although this opportunity also comes with great responsibilities. You and only you are responsible for the outcomes of this internship experience," she added.
Almost 140 students who attended the programme in the past have secured jobs with banks that are members of BAB.
BAB developed the progamme in 2004 with the objective of taking selected students and giving them specialist training, career-management and recruitment opportunities under the guidance of the human resources departments of participating banks.
Each student is also allocated a senior executive mentor.
Internships include regular progress meetings, informal discussions and periodic lunches between the mentor and the student.-TradeArabia News Service