IMB Building Society yesterday held a graduation of 37 employees who have successfully completed tertiary qualifications while working for the mutual building society.
Chief executive Robert Ryan said the large number of graduates showed how the IMB was still committed to providing professional development opportunities to all its employees.
He said it supported staff in furthering their education by offering assistance while they completed their tertiary studies.
Of those who celebrated the successful completion of various tertiary qualifications, were two graduates with Bachelor Degrees, one Graduate Diploma, two Advanced Diplomas, 17 Diplomas and 15 Certificate IVs.
Mr Ryan said they had achieved that while also maintaining key roles as IMB employees.
The achievements of seven young people were also celebrated yesterday as they prepared to start a new career in banking and financial services, after graduating from IMB's Traineeship program.
Mr Ryan said the IMB always had a strong field of candidates to choose from with more than 400 school leavers applying each year to be part of the program.
The newest recruits from the Illawarra to start roles within the organisation include Michael Petreski, 22, who will work in the IMB Direct call centre as a sales and service consultant, Haylee Temple, 24, will join the IMB Human Resources team as an administration officer and Demi Garratt who did a traineeship at the IMB Dapto branch and will now join the Warrawong team as a Customer Service Representative.
The IMB Traineeship is a one-year program that combines study with on-the-job training in entry-level roles in areas such as human resources, lending, branch operations, customer service and business support.
On completion of the training, graduates receive a nationally recognised Certificate 111 in Business.
The comprehensive programme has produced 74 graduates since it started in 2005 and two have been finalists in the NSW Trainee of the Year Awards.