Capital Bank Botswana has launched a Graduate Trainee Program aimed at supporting the up skilling of young graduates in order to equip them to be successful in their chosen careers. The bank chief executive officer Jaco Viljoen said during the program launch on Tuesday that they want to make it a point to actively contribute and play a role in empowering and equipping the youth of Botswana with knowledge, skills and opportunities that will enable them to become productive professionals that grow the banking industry. “Professionalism, knowledge and skills development are important values in the Capital Bank Botswana strategy,” said Viljoen.
The bank has selected five graduates in the fields of Business Administration, finance and accounting and economics to participate in the program which will run for a period of two years with the first year being on-the-job training on a rotational basis and the second year on leadership and talent development. Viljoen explained that every Head of Department will set objectives, assign tasks and projects fundamental to their departments, adding that they will also set suitable time period within which participants should have learned the given task or project. Head of departments will also mentor the graduates or appoint a suitable mentor for support.
Capital Bank, Viljoen said, is committed to making a real difference in the professional lives of aspiring trainees and consequently enhances the talent pool of the bank and the industry.
One of the trainees, Tshepiso Ntereke said she expects to learn a lot form Capital bank and grow professionally. Ntereke said although she has learnt a lot in the classroom that is not enough until one learns the practical way. The program started this month and the trainee said in an interview that she is already learning a lot from her mentor specifically. Currently she is in Corporate Banking; however she says being rotated among other departments is coming in handy. Provided the bank is satisfied with their work at the end of the program, Ntereke said chances are that the bank will absorb them.