Employer of the Year Award

The Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium to large enterprise that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.

Westpac was named the national Employer of the Year at the 2014 Australian Training Awards for its outstanding commitment to ensuring its employees have the skills and training they need for bright futures.

"At Westpac, we know our people make the difference to deliver the best possible service to our customers," said Westpac’s Human Resources Director, Strategic Services, Megan Rutter.

"That’s why we are always investing and innovating to deliver unique coaching, mentoring and continuous learning.

"This award is fantastic recognition of our Best Banker Program which has now been completed by over 2100 bankers across Westpac. We have received great feedback from our bankers, who see this qualification and training as a key driver for personal and professional growth."

Through its Best Banker Professional Qualifications Program, Westpac provides its employees with training to allow them to undertake a range of specialist roles across the organisation.

The program was defined, designed and developed by Westpac for its bankers, and delivers qualifications ranging from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma. More than 2200 Westpac employees have completed formal qualifications through the program and, over time, Westpac will expand the program to all its bankers.

Further to the Best Banker program, Westpac has developed a virtual learning environment called eAcademy. The training program on eAcademy has incorporated learners’ day to day activities into the nationally recognised qualification, allowing completion of training requirements as part of daily work. Training through eAcademy includes modules in banking and finance, workplace health and safety, Westpac products, client engagement and fraud.