Hornby High School year 11 students Jack Fisher, Bevan Gibson, Moesha Quigley and Naseeba Kaskar, joined the Westpac Hornby branch for four days recently to learn about what it’s like to be bankers.
The visit was part of the New Zealand pilot of Work Inspirations, a programme designed to transform work experience into an Inspiration for the students.
It has already had success in Australia and the UK, so Westpac has been working with Hornby High School and Careers NZ to trial in on our shores, with the ultimate goal to reduce the number of students who find themselves unemployed at the end of their education journey by providing greater "employability" skills.
The days the teens spent at the Christchurch bank were spent learning about more than just the basics of finance, actually going into detail of Westpac’s values and code of conduct as a company, and receiving training to up-skill and become “digital ambassadors”.
Some of the highlights included being taken through the new branch technology and greeting customers to discuss the digital apps available, as well as acting as concierge to the Smart ATM.
Naseeba said Work Inspiration provided her with greater knowledge of the different roles and opportunities within a bank.
“It gave me an idea of what a workplace environment looks like and what to expect. It also made me want to set goals and strive to be in an environment similar to Westpac."
Jack Fisher added, "I believe the program has improved the whole group's confidence as well as our knowledge of the finance sector."
The students all strongly agreed the programme helped them to think about what they want for their future career and understood that careers develop in different ways.