UnionBank TECH LEAD: Building high-tech and high-touch talents

By Chie Credo - Wednesday, January 05, 2022

A multi-award-winning bank, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has expanded its graduate program, TechLEAD - an executive development program developed by LEAD (Leader Executive Accelerated Development) focused on developing technical talent to become leaders of tomorrow. 

Developed in 2009, the Bank’s initial LEAD Program offers a fast-track and accelerated curriculum designed to provide its management trainees or LEADs with 6 to 7-year training and job experiences. UnionBank wants to prepare and enable employees to contribute to the company's respective career goals. This course also prepares LEADs for their next significant role in the organization.

Each LEAD undergoes a 24-month rotation to introduce and hone their people-leading and people-managing skills. Within each specialization area, they are immersed in end-to-end processes, i.e., front, middle, and back-office.

As a leader in digital technology, it was only natural that UnionBank's LEAD Program would specialize in innovation, data science, and other technology-related fields. Creating a pool of specialists who can support the Bank's transformation journey and capabilities was essential for establishing the Bank's digital leadership pipeline.

UnionBank's Tech LEADs will study UnionBank's ways of working, its technical landscape, and other IT processes. They will also build a foundation for business and leadership skills, and they will set the framework for success in the technology industry by passing industry certifications. The Bank currently trains 79 LEADs.

"We are developing future Data Scientists, Information Security Managers, Digital Delivery
Leads and future Flow Masters, Software Developers, Cloud Engineers, and Architects who will eventually become DevSecOps Engineers, as well as UX and CX Designers. Furthermore, they will be going through fast-tracked learning pathways and taking industry certifications in preparation for expanded and enhanced jobs, as mentioned --all of which are essential to the Bank's sustained efforts of truly BEING digital," said Catherine Ann Santiago, UnionBank’s Technology Capability Lead – Human Resource Group.

UnionBank hopes that the students will develop a life-long learning habit and explore beyond the 12-month program. The Bank is also on a quest to educate more people about transforming their own organizations and cultures; so it is confident that sharing, teaching, and learning are all aspects of leadership.

The Tech LEAD program looks forward to nurturing high-tech and high-touch talents who will pave the way to the next level future of banking and technology—taking the UnionBank path/road.

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