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Investment bank Updated: 13 Mar 2017

BBVA searching for young talent for its digital transformation

The key to have the best professional team requires attracting, training and retaining talent. Aware of this, BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking, BBVA’s wholesale banking area, is announcing the fifth edition of its Graduate Training Programme, aiming at recruiting and developing the best junior talent available.

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The financial sector is experiencing essential transformations as a result of the unstoppable technological innovation process it is facing. In this context, banks invest in programs aiming at attracting young graduates in up to date and innovative programs, in exchange for the experience and guidance they need to kick start their careers.

In response to this change, BBVA rolled out in 2012 the first Graduate Training Programme, a global annual initiative that this year is celebrating is fifth edition. Already, 200 junior professionals from 12 countries in Asia, America and Europe have been able to improve their skills thanks to this initiative. Members of the previous editions have already joined different business units, thus contributing to build BBVA’s future across the globe.

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The purpose is to bring in the best junior talent for BBVA, train it and turn them into the leaders of the future. Candidate profiles include not only economists, but also mathematicians, physicists or engineers, capable of contributing to the Group’s digital transformation.

Although BBVA provides information about the program in universities and through the different employment fairs in which it participates, the Graduate Training Programme usually starts accepting applications officially in the month of September. Candidates can register through BBVA’s global employment portal, through which the Group also posts all its job openings.

The record 3,380 applications received for the Graduate Training Programme 2016-2017 edition speak loud and clear about the tremendous interest that the initiative stirs among graduate students. After the screening process, 14 of all these applicants will join the company on September 2017.

How does the Graduate Training Programme work

The successful candidates start the program by going an immersion week course at BBVA’s training course in La Moraleja. Throughout these days, they learn first-hand about the bank’s different businesses from some of the company’s investment banking professionals, including the Global Markets, Global Clients, Global Finance and Global Transaction Banking departments and Engineering, Risk, Finance or Legal functions.

Participants of BBVA's Graduate Training Programme 2016-2017 talk about their experience.

Upon completing the immersion program, the successful candidates have to go a one-year personalized rotation plan, designed to conform to the preferences and develop the skills of each individual, adapted to fit the needs of BBVA’s wholesale area. Each candidate will be assigned with a coach and a mentor that will assess their progress and support them throughout the process.

BBVA and its commitment to training

Although the BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking’s Graduate Training Programme was a pioneer initiative within the Group, other areas have already started taking it as a yardstick to develop their own programs. This is the case of Ingenium, the program that BBVA’s risks area is implementing, and which is aimed to youths with strong analytical skills and a passion for the financial world. Or the Engineering Talent Discovery Programme, in the bank’s technology area, which seeks to recruit young graduates that want to develop their career in a global bank that is leading BBVA’s digital transformation process.

BBVA’s commitment to provide continual training programs to its employees is one of the cornerstones of its strategy. Within the Talent and Culture model, the purpose of these training programs is to ensure that professionals acquire the skills required for the correctly implementing and supporting the Group’s strategy and that they are ready to keep making headway in the transformation towards a customer-centric model in a digital environment.

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