The six-week program for interns kicked off in January and the first four graduates joined the six-week graduate development program this week, a statement from the bank, which is a division of Commonwealth Bank, said.
Bankwest executive general manager of Customer Solutions and Insights, Pieter Vorster, said the programs had been devised to use data science and analytics to deliver products that would meet customers' needs.
“As part of a growing focus on being an insight led business, we're turning our attention to helping develop home-grown talent and increase the size of the data science community here in WA," he said.
Bankwest's new data science graduates: Jonathon Kok, Brayden Calzada, Tim Howat, and Jack McDonald.
Said Sabooniha: "I came to Bankwest hoping to use the knowledge and skills I've learned at university to put something into practice in the real-world environment. And just a couple of weeks in I’m already doing this. It's great to be able to apply the theory to something real and see it work."
Howat added: "I wanted to make the connection between what we’ve learned at university and how that’s applied in a real work scenario. Also, for Bankwest and this industry, I wanted to experience applying these skills to create value, enabling possibilities for customers.”
The new Bankwest graduates will spend two years with the bank's data science team, rotating through different areas of specialisation. After that, they will be able to apply for permanent roles at Bankwest.
“For too long highly skilled and capable STEM graduates have picked up their degrees from university, packed their bags and jumped on a plane out of Perth, taking their skills and abilities with them," said Vorster.
“To lose those kind of skills to Sydney and Melbourne or overseas cities is not good for Perth, the state’s economy or the business community.”
Photos: courtesy Bankwest