Creating opportunities for successful careers in banking

BankWork$ opens doors

BankWork$® helps young adults from low-income communities build meaningful careers in banking, through a free, eight-week career training, placement assistance, and ongoing coaching.

We work in communities where we can have the greatest impact, where young adults lack access to employment opportunities, and where employers have positions to fill.

BankWork$ is a signature program of the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

We’ve helped launch 2,600 careers

BankWork$ started in Los Angeles in 2006 in partnership with JVS SoCal with one class, a few bank partners, and 10 graduates. Since then, our program has expanded to include more than 60 banks.

As of June 2019, BankWork$ operates in 14 markets—Atlanta, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle, and Tacoma.

We create alliances so employees and employers succeed

In collaboration with local workforce development partners, banks and financial institutions, we connect great hires with great careers, and ensure participants and employers thrive.

Our comprehensive training provides the skills needed for any entry-level position in banking with career potential—including teller, customer service representative, relationship banker, and personal banker. It focuses on hard skills for on-the-job success in banking, and the soft skills needed to succeed as a professional anywhere.

Participants, employers, and communities thrive

0% Graduates remain employed after one year
0% Come from communities of color
0% Are bilingual or multilingual

“Being in a position to assist someone financially is everything to me. In my new role at the bank, I hope to teach others how to be financially successful.”

DaVonte
BankWork$ Graduate, Relationship Banker at Bank of America

Our graduates succeed in meaningful ways

During his teenage years in Chicago, DaVonte was often without a home. Accepted but unable to afford college, he moved to Alaska and worked in retail while living in a shelter. In 2017, he returned to Chicago, became a father and enrolled in BankWork$. He was hired by Bank of America as a customer service representative right after graduation. Promoted to relationship banker after only a year, DaVonte looks forward to a lifetime career in the financial industry.

Our partners hire outstanding candidates

Our industry partners benefit by employing strong candidates who come from the communities they serve—helping to strengthen local relationships and fulfill organizational goals.

 

Funding Partners

Founding BankWork$ Partner

Founding BankWork$ Partner

Founding BankWork$ Partner

Why we do this work

“It’s our mission to connect deserving individuals to career opportunities in industries that desperately need their ideas, skills, and dedication.”

Les Biller
Founding Trustee, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Former COO, Wells Fargo

“By providing life-changing career opportunities for qualified candidates, BankWork$ helps us serve the financial needs of diverse communities across the country.”

Tracy Curtis
Executive Vice President and North Oregon Regional President, Wells Fargo BankWork$ Advisory Board Member