GBK Ajyal trainees com­plete In­ter­na­tional as­sign­ment

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

As part of its Ajyal Grad­u­ate De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, Gulf Bank re­cently se­lected its top three par­tic­i­pants to com­plete a four-week in­tern­ship and field train­ing pro­gram at sev­eral lead­ing fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in Frank­furt, Ger­many. The Ajyal Grad­u­ate De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram was de­vel­oped by Gulf Bank, in co­op­er­a­tion with In­sti­tute of Bank­ing Stud­ies (IBS), to nur­ture young Kuwaiti tal­ent early in their ca­reer to de­velop them into 'holis­tic bankers' and pre­pare them for fu­ture lead­er­ship po­si­tions at the Bank. This is the third class to grad­u­ate from the Ajyal Pro­gram.

The Ajyal train­ing took place at the fol­low­ing fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions: MISR Bank-Europe, KT Bank AG, and ICF Bank AG. The top­ics cov­ered through­out the four-week pro­gram in­cluded Trad­ing Global Mar­kets, Frank­fort Stock Ex­change and Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment. One of the high­lights of the trip was a visit to the Kuwaiti Con­sulate in Frank­furt.

Com­ment­ing on this achieve­ment, Mrs Salma Al-Ha­j­jaj, Gen­eral Man­ager of Hu­man Re­sources at Gulf Bank said: "The Gulf Bank Ajyal pro­gram is a world-class pro­gram that works to de­velop the skills of young Kuwaitis. Through Ajyal we are help­ing to shape the fu­ture of Bank­ing in Kuwait by build­ing a cadre of well­rounded, highly trained, and mo­ti­vated bank­ing pro­fes­sion­als."

Mrs Al- Ha­j­jaj added: "The aim of this in­tern­ship abroad was to pro­vide our three top Ajyal stu­dents with an in­ter­na­tional bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to en­rich their knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of global fi­nan­cial mar­kets and the bank­ing in­dus­try. This type of ex­po­sure pro­vides a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and a unique learn­ing op­por­tu­nity. We strongly be­lieve that th­ese types of op­por­tu­ni­ties con­trib­ute to pro­fes­sional and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. We thank our bank­ing part­ners in Ger­many for pro­vid­ing such a rich ex­pe­ri­ence for our top Ajyal stu­dents."

The se­lec­tion process for the Ajyal par­tic­i­pants is based on spe­cific cri­te­ria. The cri­te­ria is Kuwaiti em­ploy­ees who have worked at the Bank for no less than one year, but no more than three years can ap­ply on­line. Af­ter the ini­tial screen­ing, the can­di­dates must suc­cess­fully com­plete a se­ries of as­sess­ment tests, start­ing with lan­guage pro­fi­cien­cies, fol­lowed by numer­i­cal and an­a­lyt­i­cal abil­ity, psy­cho­met­rics, and group dis­cus­sions. Each stage of se­lec­tion is based on elim­i­na­tion and only those who suc­cess­fully com­plete each stage ad­vance on­wards. The fi­nal step is an in­ter­view with a panel of Gulf Bank ex­ec­u­tives who se­lect a group of 20 can­di­dates.

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