Bank of the West Sponsored BankWork$ Program Supports Meaningful Employment

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Bank of the West Sponsored BankWork$ Program Supports Meaningful Employment

A JVS Facebook post highlights members of the Bank of the West HR team during mock interviews.

A JVS Facebook post highlights members of the Bank of the West HR team during mock interviews.

Bank of the West recognizes that meaningful employment has the power to transform lives and contribute to the growing prosperity of a community.

This August, the Bank is proud to support JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) of San Francisco’s BankWork$ program that will train unemployed or underemployed job seekers for careers in the financial services industry. The free eight-week program includes training on banking products and services as well as career coaching, with the goal of advancing education and technical skills that can lead to greater economic opportunity. Last year, JVS San Francisco helped more than 1,000 people transition from poverty – or the edge of poverty – into permanent, skilled careers, earning a collective $10 million in wages.

Eric Eisenberg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources (front row, center) with members of the Bank of the West Human Resources Team, support an interview clinic at JVS-san Francisco.

Eric Eisenberg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources (front row, center) with members of the Bank of the West Human Resources Team, support an interview clinic at JVS-san Francisco.

The nonprofit’s strong track record of bridging job seekers to sustainable wages aligns to a Bank of the West core value of supporting economic growth. In the last three years, the Bank has contributed over $1 million to nonprofits supporting workforce development. Beyond these charitable investments, Bank team members also donate their time and leadership through board service, guest speaking opportunities and career coaching.

Bank of the West’s Head of Human Resources and local HR team recently volunteered at a BankWork$ resume clinic to engage in mock interviews and to coach participants on their long-term career goals.

Sunita Liggin, Bank of the West HR Business Partner talks to a JVS client about a career in banking.

Sunita Liggin, Bank of the West HR Business Partner talks to a JVS client about a career in banking.

“Bank of the West is pleased to support a job training program that can lead to a satisfying career,” said Eric Eisenberg, head of Human Resources for Bank of the West. “Congratulations to JVS San Francisco. BankWork$ is helping job seekers realize their employment potential while also contributing to a stronger, more sustainable workforce that will benefit our communities.”

Congratulations BancWest Corporation!