Bahrain - BBK launches a management program in fintech
Thursday, 05 23 2019, Category: Banking, Country: Bahrain
BBK, Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, has announced the launch of the 8th BBK Management Trainee Programme with a special focus on Financial Technology (Fintech); the 3-month intensive trainee programme is the first of its kind in Bahrain, designed to shape the next generation of Bahraini talents who will support the next phase of the Bank’s digital transformation journey.
The Programme, which is set for launch in July 2019, is aligned with the Kingdom’s vision to become the region’s fintech epicenter and underscores BBK’s role as a pioneer in the offering of financial technologies that enhance the customers banking experience.
Commenting on the announcement, BBK CE, Mr. Reyadh Sater said: “The financial services industry is on the cusp of complete transformation which is being driven by shifting customer’s needs, and financial technologies that are changing the way the financial sector works. BBK sees itself as a frontrunner in the Fintech commercial banking space, having pioneered many banking technology firsts in the Kingdom, and as such we are preparing the next generation of the BBK family to support our continued success in becoming the leading Fintech powered retail bank in Bahrain.”
Mr. Hassaan Burshaid, General Manager – Human Resources and Administration Group added: “The Central bank of Bahrain together with the Economic Development Board and Bahrain Fintech Bay, are successfully developing an effective Fintech ecosystem in Bahrain, and a pool of superior local fintech talent will be a key success factor. This is why BBK, through this
Programme, is looking for bright, local talent who we will empower to succeed, not only in BBK, but also in our burgeoning fintech ecosystem here in Bahrain and in the global digital banking era.”
The Programme is open to Bahraini graduates of 2017-2018, or those expected to graduate by July 2019. Priority will be given to students who have majored in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Information Technology, and who have a minimum GPA of 2.7, or Second Class lower division or equivalent. It will run in two phases, starting with a fundamentals programme that provides general knowledge, skills and awareness of the new trends in financial technologies, followed by an advanced phase which will address the implementation and the practical application side of the emerging technologies. The programme will cover topics related to FinTech solutions, Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in addition to skills-based courses in Information Technology and Project Management. Successful graduates of the Programme will have the opportunity to become a permanent employee of BBK.
Mr. Sater concluded: “Customer’s now expect banking services and solutions to be immediate and convenient. They demand a more customized banking experience and want their bank to offer stable financial health at all stages of their life, personalized advice on how to save and invest in order to grow and manage their wealth, bespoke services that meet their current and future needs, and simple, safe and easy to use financial products and services. BBK remains committed to meeting and exceeding these changing customer needs as technologies and the financial services industry evolves.”