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autism Sean Langton, Bankwest’s Chief Technology Officer with Eric and Luke hard at work in the background. Identical twins Eric and Luke Weber want to be known for the great work they do, rather than the fact they have autism. Internship success E ric and Luke are the latest interns from Bankwest’s acceptance in these teams was only autism internship program to possible because of the level of be accepted into the organisation’s ‘autism awareness’ at Bankwest. graduate development program. The 24-year-old cyber security “The teams we were a part of internship offered by Bankwest was an invaluable initiative. “The whole program and their involvement reflects very well on Bankwest – many organisations have had learned about autism and so great missions, visions and values graduates, started the graduate had some understanding as to statements, but they don’t all live program this year, having completed what people with autism might find by them,” Luke said. the internship program during the challenging,” he said. final year of their degrees at Edith Cowan University in 2018. Eric said: “We’re enjoying Towards the end of their Bankwest Chief Technology Officer Sean Langton said he’s thrilled to internship Eric and Luke were see Eric and Luke progress on to the invited to apply for places in the bank’s full-time staff. working in a flexible and supportive graduate development program environment where we are with Bankwest. “This internship program has broken down negative stereotypes meaningfully employed, gaining “We’d demonstrated our in-depth knowledge and solving abilities well throughout the entire workplace and people with real world problems.” internship and there was a sense autism,” Mr Langton said. Luke said: “We want to be known that people wanted us to stick and created positive results for the “Of the seven interns we’ve for the good work we do, not because around, so it was a matter of finding welcomed, four are with us in full time we have autism.” where we could join,” Luke said. roles and the other three are working The twins’ internship involved “When two openings became with BHP – that’s a pretty good track spending three days a week over six available, we were both asked if we record. What the internship shows us months at Bankwest Place in Perth’s would be interested in being part of again and again is that everyone has CBD, immersed in the organisation’s the graduate program.” something to bring to the table.” technology division. 36 Eric said their integration and autism The twins said the autism