Waby El Achaoui took part in the Upskilling programme at BNP Paribas Personal Finance. This digital career training programme is conducted in partnership with Simplon, the network of social digital factories, and offers employees the chance to gain real skills. Waby shares his experience.
My name is Waby, I am 30 years old and I work for the Digital Factory at BNP Paribas Personal Finance. I recently took part in the Upskilling programme offered internally by the company; this is my story!
I joined the company in 2013 as an Automotive Insurance Advisor. Quickly, bank digitalization pushed me to work on digital projects and I decided to apply to an IT coordinator job. In January 2018, I saw a poster about the Upskilling Programme. I was curious so I mentioned this to a colleague who suggested that I look at two videos where ISD Director Gilles de Wailly explains the programme. I learned that BNP Paribas Personal Finance decided to invest in Upskilling so that all employees get training for the jobs of the future. This means transforming and adapting their skills so that they can advance their careers by readying themselves for emerging jobs in the digital field and new ways of using technology.
Armed with these information, I started questioning the people around me to find out more and I met with a colleague working on mobility for the IT employees. She explained that it’s a work-linked training, with very simple terms, born out of a partnership between the Simplon school network and the ISD. This certified training takes place for 9 months and the company pays for the course.
This colleague also told me that Simplon is a network of innovative continuing education schools that is made up of 42 inclusive, community-focused “training factories” that provide training across France, even in isolated areas. The schools actively work on a diverse range of issues, including gender parity.
I decided to go ahead and I don’t regret it! It was hard but here I am, 9 months later, with a Developer job at the Digital Factory. In addition to learning about new fields, I was able to jumpstart my career thanks to Upskilling, which introduced a breath of fresh air and new challenges to my day-to-day work.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance is here for you so that you can take part in innovative training courses, gain new skills and seek out opportunities for advancement!