Apprentice programme helps fresh graduates face challenges

Demonstrating its commitment to proactively help fresh graduates kickstart their careers, Baiduri Bank rolled out the Graduate Apprentice Programme (GAP) yesterday.

GAP is a six-month holistic learning and development programme aimed at providing recent graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to increase employability in the local job market.

The programme is divided into two main parts – a classroom component and job rotations within Baiduri Bank.

Successful applicants will join the programme as ‘apprentices’, embarking on a series of classroom learning activities where they will be introduced to the banking world and gain comprehensive knowledge of various financial products and services. They will also attend courses aimed at helping them acquire soft skills such as effective communication, project management, teamwork and collaboration to enhance their overall work readiness.

Apprentices will then undergo on-the-job training in different departments within the bank, designed to offer them first-hand experience of the inner workings of a financial institution. At the end of the programme, apprentices can apply for vacancies within Baiduri Bank Group or pursue their careers with other organisations in the industry.

As part of the robust learning and development programme, apprentices will also be involved in projects that would positively impact the local community through Baiduri Bank’s various corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Throughout this process, apprentices will receive full support and mentorship from their managers and colleagues.

GAP is a strong testament to Baiduri Bank’s commitment to assist recent graduates by helping them develop employability skills and a learning mindset. This is also in support of Goal 1 for Brunei Vision 2035, reflecting the national aspiration to be widely recognised for an educated, highly skilled and accomplished workforce.

Speaking on the programme, Group Human Resources and Administration Head Veronica Chong said, “GAP provides graduates with a broad exposure to real-world working environment, while helping them build transferable soft skills that they can apply in any working environment.

“Through completing this programme, we hope that recent graduates will gain valuable work experience and skill sets to help them secure their future careers in the financial services industry, or other industries.”

Baiduri Bank CEO Ti Eng Hui spoke about the evolving challenges the nation is facing, and how the programme is part of the bank’s initiative to help recent graduates be ready to face these challenges as they come.

He said, “GAP offers a unique opportunity for recent graduates to gain valuable working experience and give them a firmer foothold in the job market. It is our hope that GAP will play a role in creating an adaptable and skilled workforce that’s ready to take on any challenge in the future.”

GAP is open to Bruneian citizens or permanent residents who have graduated in the last three years with a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree and possess no prior working experience. Candidates also need to be well-rounded with diverse interests and talents and be adaptable to learn in a fast-paced environment.

The bank is also holding an open day on February 27 at the Baiduri Bank Headquarters. Graduates interested in applying for GAP will have the opportunity to get to know more about the programme and network by speaking to local university alumni who are current employees of Baiduri Bank Group. There will also be a workshop focussing on CV writing and interview tips for graduates to improve their own personal branding.