Banking Associate Program FAQs
Our most asked questions about CWB's Banking Associate Program
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Applying to the program
When do applications open for the Banking Associate Program?
What are the start dates for the Banking Associate Program?
Successful applicants will begin the Banking Associate Program in late spring.
Where are Banking Associate Program opportunities?
What prerequisites do I need to have to be competitive as an applicant?
Want to stand out? Tell us why you’re the one in a thoughtful cover letter.
What does the recruitment process involve?
We want to get to know you... and want you to get to know us!
Apply: To apply, select the posting that corresponds with the geographical region you’re available to work in. When you apply, ensure you include an updated resume and stand out cover letter.
Information sessions. There will be CWB-hosted information sessions by invitation only for standout candidates at this stage in the process. This allows candidates to engage, inquire and get to know CWBers and ensure this is the right career opportunity for them.
First interviews. Our team of recruiters will select a shortlist of candidates to participate in first interviews, engaging with a panel of our business leaders. At this stage we want to understand your financial and business know-how, get a sense of what drives you (motivation), and understand how your values align with CWB through a series of behavioural and values-driven questions (Tip: Do your homework on CWB).
Case study & presentation. The top selected candidates from the first interviews will move to the next stage, which is a business case study. You will be given a business case to analyze and apply your knowledge with a written submission, followed by a presentation of your findings a recommendations to a second panel of HR and business professionals.
Background checks, references & transcripts. All candidates participating in "Case study & presentation" will undergo pre-employment checks and will be required to submit post-secondary transcripts.
Offer presentations. The final candidates will be presented offers for their start dates in late spring.
What is the structure of the Banking Associate program?
The program consists of development in four key areas (credit structuring, credit underwriting, risk management and client service) designed to equip you with the foundation for a career in business banking.
Over the course of approximately 12 months you will move between training in these areas, shadowing professionals such as account specialists, relationship managers, credit analysts and business development managers. Learning comes in the form of mentorship, coaching, online course content and more! You’ll be hands on, rolling up your sleeves and learning and applying that knowledge, all alongside experienced banking professionals.
Upon program conclusion you will have the opportunity to explore a role and path best suited for your career within business banking including commercial banking, real estate lending, equipment finance, agriculture banking, specialty financing or cash management at CWB.