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Eight nervous young people gathered today at IMB Bank’s Wollongong-based call centre to begin their year-long traineeships that will span digital, branch and lending support services.

IMB Bank introduced traineeships in 2005 and today’s recruits take the number to 112 young people who have been given the opportunity for a career in the financial services sector, with 94% of them going on to work in permanent roles.

Welcoming them at a morning tea, CEO Robert Ryan stressed the changing environment within the banking industry with a broad range of job possibilities after the 12-month period.

“There are much more than just the traditional jobs in this industry now with our trainees branching out into marketing, IT, digital, call centre customer service and project management.

“The IMB Bank trainee program has been recognised with a number of state and national awards and several of our trainees from the original intake in 2005 now hold supervisory positions within IMB.

“It is a very rewarding career and IMB is delighted to be able to assist another eight young people in gaining an education and a job that may last a life time,” Mr Ryan said.

Five of the trainees from today’s induction will work at branches in Wollongong, Canberra, Parramatta, Queanbeyan and Shellharbour; one will work for Digital and Direct; the seventh in Lending Services Administration; and the eighth in credit support.

One of the trainees in the 2017 intake is 18-year-old Haylee Bates from Canberra. After finishing her HSC last year, she contemplated attending university but decided she wanted to get a job instead and the IMB Bank traineeship program ticked all the boxes for her.

“An IMB Bank traineeship will give me the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. It will allow me to pursue a career in a wide variety of areas so I can choose a career path.

“I think my future may be in either financial planning or banking so it is a perfect choice for me,” she said.

Haylee will complete her traineeship at the IMB Bank branch in Canberra city.

Julian Bernardi (19) from Wollongong did his HSC in 2015 and has spent the last year studying Business Information Systems.

He will now undertake an IMB Bank traineeship in Digital and Direct at the Wollongong-based call centre and, when completed, qualify with a Certificate 3 in Customer Engagement

 “I decided to apply for a traineeship to build my qualifications and IMB Bank will allow me to continue to study and work,” he said.

 “Having known individuals involved in prior IMB trainee programs, the opportunity will allow me to both challenge and broaden my horizons, with the hope for future career opportunities.”

The eight trainees will attend their induction program for a week in Wollongong before taking up their posts.