1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
We work one day a week at university and the rest of the time in our different IT areas within the Business. But to maintain a real sense of community, we’ve organise a call every fortnight where we chat about how we’re doing with our course work. It’s a ‘mutual self help group’!
On my ‘non university’ days, I’m a Business Analyst. A job I never imagined I’d be doing, as I’d always seen myself in a technical role – as a programmer or developer. But this really suits me. Our business customers raise issues with a particular system or process and my job is to investigate and resolve their problem. There’s lots of investigation and ‘digging around’ – which I really enjoy it. As a business Analyst my role is to take requirements for changes to a system and then to try and create a viable solution that then could be developed
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Apart from my degree that I have been enrolled on I also have just taken the two parts of the British Computer Society Diploma in International Business Analysis – and passed. One of the youngest people ever to do so, so the support I’m getting is really working!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my programme. Since when do you get a chance to work alongside some of the most talented in the industry and then get a degree out of it.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
AS a degree apprentice, LBG have made quite a commitment to our training and us as individuals. Although we are apprentices, we aren't seen as so. We are seen as equal to everyone else in our teams
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Since this programme is the first of its kind not only for LBG and for the University, it has had it's fair share off teething issues with the onboarding process. But nothing major and all the support and mentoring from our teams more than makes up for it
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Since we are not based at our University like most regular students we tend not to be able to have the contact time most students get with their tutors
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have one to one meetings with my line manager to discuss any issues or problems Weekly meetings with my "work mentor" to discuss the work I'm doing and then monthly meetings with my "everything else mentor" to just have a general chat
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It is very very good. We get an excellent salary for an apprentice We also get all the same benefits that any other employee would get And all travel and expenses to do with attending university is covered
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
LBG actively encourages team bonding and social interaction, as such there are regular outings and parties, giving all the team time to bond and relax They also support charity work and volunteering
9a. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Excellent programmes, Permanent positions and overall great company to work for
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group? *
Research the values of LBG and use them in everything you do.
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