Friday 24 May, 2019

Students job shadow CIBC staff on International Women’s Day

University of the West Indies student Sheri-Lee Simon (standing) had the "awesome" experience of "shadowing" CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Senior Credit Manager, Annique Dawkins on International Women's Day (IWD), Friday, March 8, 2019.

University of the West Indies student Sheri-Lee Simon (standing) had the "awesome" experience of "shadowing" CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Senior Credit Manager, Annique Dawkins on International Women's Day (IWD), Friday, March 8, 2019.

All across the region eager young women filed into the branches and offices of regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean to “fill” a variety of positions for the day on Friday, March 8.

The “job shadow” was one of the bank’s key activities across its 16-member regional footprint to mark International Women’s Day observed around the world on that date.

It saw scores of female students from secondary and tertiary institutions joining meetings with senior managers and executives or going on the frontlines with retail staff as they got a feel for the various roles performed by the bank’s 3000 employees, 70 per cent of whom are women.

At the bank’s New Kingston Headquarters, Annike Dawkins, Senior Credit Manager Corporate,  welcomed her “assistant” for the day Sheri-Lee Smith, final year Banking student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Smith, who is also the Banking League assistant Secretary, shadowed Dawkins, observing corporate processes and learning about how the bank closes on “big deals”.

She was introduced to the three main aspects of corporate investment banking including Business Development (Corporate Services), Risk Management (Credit Services) and Support (Client Services).

Smith was taken through the paces of end-to-end credit processes including new loans – application processing and underwriting and also met Managing Director, Nigel Holness and Head of Corporate Banking, Douglas Cupidon.

Dawkins noted that Smith was engaged and “fully participated and had a good input” during the day under “job shadow” which was intended to show that there was a whole lot more to banking than just the familiar retail functions.

Earlier in a message to staff to mark the day, Colette Delaney, the first female CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank said while the bank was proud of the number of females serving at very high levels, there was still room for improvement especially at the senior executive level.

She noted that she was “proud of the support system we have put in place to help our women develop and rise to whatever level of our organization they may aspire to”.

 In addition to the job shadow, the bank hosted various activities to recognise and reward the contribution of women to business and the society as well as seminars and mentorship sessions and donations to women and girl’s charities across the region.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: