Open Day exposes graduates to bank work culture

Some 150 graduates attended the Baiduri Bank’s Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) Open Day to get a firm foothold in the job market.

Held at the atrium of its headquarters on Saturday, the graduates were briefed on the programme while they also spoke to Baiduri Bank employees about working life in the banking industry.

Baiduri Bank CEO Ti Eng Hui said, “The aim of GAP is to assist graduates to get a firm foothold in the job market, by exposing them to a real-world working environment and helping them build transferable soft skills that they can apply in their future careers.

“This Open Day is intended to give graduates who are interested in applying for the programme deeper insights of what it offers, and what the programme structure is like. They also have the chance to speak to our employees, some of whom are alumni of local universities, to get a glimpse into the work culture at Baiduri Bank.”

The six-month GAP offers holistic learning providing graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience that will increase their employability in the local job market.

Graduates being briefed by an employee. PHOTO: BAIDURI BANK

It 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 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.

The apprentices will 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 any suitable vacancies within Baiduri Bank Group or pursue their careers with other organisations in the industry.

A workshop for CV writing as well as interview tips were also held.

Baiduri Bank Head of Group Human Resources and Administration Veronica Chong also held meet-and-greet sessions throughout the event.