1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis, I am involved in a number of IT projects which are created due to a specific business need or a regulatory change. I am involved in the design, build and test phase of the project.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my stakeholder management skills within this role, particularly when liaising with business users who are driving the change.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the Degree Apprenticeship because it gives me the opportunity to complete a degree qualification whilst learning on the job. I am also able to apply a lot of what I work on day to day to my assignments.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
I feel very valued as I have moved from a Level 3 IT Apprenticeship onto this new Degree Apprenticeship, following a series of interviews and assessment centres, but my work on the previous apprenticeship was recognised and I was given the chance to be part of this groundbreaking apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As it is the first year of running, there have been a few speed bumps. Fortunately, as I have already worked here for a number of years, I was able to speak to a number of people about the programme and find ways in which to improve it for future apprentices.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support as they continue to act as a normal degree provider and provide a support tutor amongst many other resources.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer supports me to attend university once a week and is learning with me on how best to support the apprenticeship within work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is a fair and competitive wage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, I have been involved in a number of extra-curricular activities which promote employee engagement within teams, particularly those separated by different technologies and business areas.
9a. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
In my time here, I have been afforded opportunities that I did not find at previous employers. I understand this route is not for everyone, but my journey with Lloyds Banking Group has suited my aspirations.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group? *
Approach it with an open mind and a creative attitude. Whilst it is a massive organisation, there are many smaller teams housed within it. If you find a vacancy does not appeal to you, keep searching, because there are so many different apprenticeships available at Lloyds Banking Group.
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