A new job training program launched in April shows signs of success for low-income, underserved communities in the Portland metro area. BankWork$, a collaboration between Worksystems and local financial institutions, provides 8-weeks of education to help prepare job seekers for careers in the financial services industry starting at the branch level.
You don't need a degree or prior experience. Program participants receive occupational job training and learn the necessary soft skills to be successful in the banking industry. Graduates are prepared for all aspects of branch banking including teller skills, customer service, cash handling and financial industry regulations.
Graduate Patrick Mugaza Biseta offered advice to prospective BankWork$ applicants. "I've never had any experience in the banking industry. If you are serious about making banking a long-term goal, it's a great program to enter." When asked about his own career goal, he quickly responded "My dream is to be a CEO or founder of a financial institution!"