As part of Doha College ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ summer internship programme, the Commercial Bank of Qatar welcomed a number of Year 10 students to its Plaza Branch.
Created and run by Reham Sabri Thawabi, Commercial Bank AGM & Head of Branch Network, ‘Young Bankers’ summer internship programme of CBQ is now in its third year aimed to offer an insight into the banking sector for young students.
Reham Sabri Thawab said:
We started the programme with 60 students in our first year, by the second year we were oversubscribed with 120 students. This initiative has been incredibly successful. We employ these students to advise and help our customers with our digital channels. As a result, over 800 customers are now banking online and using our digital channels and apps. Thanks to these internship students and the training they provide.’
Taking part in Doha College’s ‘Take your Child to Work Day’ is another opportunity to give them an insight into how banking and finance operate and use the advances in technology.’
The students were told the history of the Bbank and learnt about the products and services and were introduced to the various new digital channels and mobile banking now on offer at Commercial BankBQ. The students also had a tour through the various departments, where they got the chance to speak with the employees and observe them in action.
This initiative offered students first-hand experience of the working environment and gave them food for thought in considering future careers, long after their first working day was done.
Jennifer Stokes, Key Stage 4 Leader in Doha College, said:
I have spoken to many Year 10 students about their day at work with their parents and they were all, without exception, very positive about their experience. They have gained a valuable insight into adults’ day to day life, as well as contributing themselves to a busy workplace. I hope that TCW day might help them to make important career decisions for themselves in the future or, at the very least, instigate career aspiration discussions with their parents and teachers at school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Year 10 parents for all of their support with this programme, especially Thawabi from Commercial BankBQ who welcomed our students for the day and provided them with such an invaluable workplace experience.’
Over 80 organisations in Qatar offered similar experiences to the approximately 130 Year 10 students, including Injazi, TripleTwo, and other companies in areas such as design, engineering, consulting, health, manufacturing, education, television, hospitality, logistics, oil and gas, aviation, transport, telecommunication and the charity sector.
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