1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My Role is to manage a crowdsourcing platform for colleagues within the GRoup. This role allows me to use a number of different platforms and to communicate with lots of different people within the Group from executives to colleagues and apprentices like me. Within that I need to promote the platform through a number of different methods like email, blog posts and presentation. this allows me to market it to different areas.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed additional skills while on my apprenticeship. This includes going on course like a HTML 5 course as well as security fundamentals. This allows me to relate to the platform from doing edits to each site to allow individuality from using HTML and making sure I understand the security side of it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy meeting other people who are in the same boat as me and working together with them. I believe it is a good experience to be working while learning other skills and getting a qualification at the end of the program. There were some issues at the beginning of the apprenticeship with organising the apprentices however once we all started it has been going very well since.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
I feel very valued. Lloyds Banking Group cares about their colleagues and makes sure they are all valued and can all be recognised for their great work.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At the beginning it was not structured very well at all. It took atleast a couple of months to get all the apprentices sorted and assigned to the right apprenticeship scheme. There were also issues with our learning provider which had to be sorted out. But now everything is sorted it has been going very well. I can go to a number of people for help and support including the learning provider colleagues.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive lots of support through my mentors and Line manager and also people from the apprenticeship community and the learning providers. I have regular contact with my learning provider as he is able to visit me based in London. we have regular meetings discussing how it is going and the help I need with my projects.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot of support from my manager. The apprenticeship team is also very helpful with getting the apprenticeship involved in other activities as well as helping us out.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Yes the salary is very good for an apprentices and my needs with my home costs etc are all managed and can be covered by my salary. My expenses are covered by Lloyds for any external events etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities. I have been to many internal and external events. Lloyds also offers a Day for volunteering which allows people to help their communities out by giving up some time to help.
9a. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a fantastic company to work for and they value their colleagues. There are lots of opportunities within the Group where you can thrive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group? *
Just be yourself! be confident in your interview and show your passions. talk to a lot of people and interact with them when you start. a good network of people you know is very important in the future.
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