New cadetship for greater diversity of thinking

New cadetship for greater diversity of thinking

From left: Louis Hu, Ian Blair (GM Retail and EAG Sponsor), Sam Reid, Paige Lindsay (LeaD buddy), Ala Qaranivalu, Joanne Widjaja, Mesise Williams (Cultural EAG Chair), Leanora Toomalatai, Cameron Whelan (LeaD buddy), Laura Stretton and Lilly Bloomfield.

Westpac has officially welcomed 7 new LeaD Cadets in a new initiative to continue creating greater diversity and inclusiveness within its team.

The Westpac Leadership and Diversity Programme (LeaD) programme works to identify, attract and foster graduates with outstanding potential to become future leaders at Westpac, and to help introduce more diverse thinking from talented individuals into the business and into our leadership pipeline.

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GM Retail Bank Ian Blair recently welcomed the initial batch of seven cadets at Westpac’s Head Office in Britomart Auckland.

He said the bank aspires to be one of the world's great organisations for diversity and inclusiveness and a key part of this is ensuring that its workforce reflects New Zealand’s ethnic diversity.

“Diversity of thinking is something we hold in very high regard: It helps to broaden our approach to solving problems, entrepreneurship and innovating for the future,” said Blair. “After having met these new cadets, I am confident their varied backgrounds will help us meet the changing needs of a changing New Zealand with some fresh ways of thinking.”

The new cadets come from a variety of backgrounds including Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Maori, Chinese and Indonesian.

Each Cadet will go through a two year programme in the Retail Banking team, where they will build their capabilities to become effective leaders and strong contributors in their daily roles in the branches where they will be based.

A major role they’ll play first-off will be assisting the Community and Sustainability team in ensuring our Manage Your Money and Money Skills workshops are best suited to the growing number of diverse communities throughout New Zealand.

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