1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is Project Assistant but I am acting as Project Manager in my team. This involves completing a lot of change management governance, chairing meetings, scheduling, reporting etc.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills such as stakeholder management, scheduling and planning, reporting, and developed skills I already had using Microsoft applications.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am very much enjoying the programme and feel it is developing me very well towards being a successful project manager
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
I feel very valued, particularly after having moved into the area I am in now where I have been given the responsibility of managing my own project.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is quite well structured in that we have moved from PMO into delivery to allow us to gain experience in both areas. However, I do think more could be done to ensure apprentices are always getting work and that it is valuable towards our qualification
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support, I have both a task manager and a line manager, either of whom I can go to with any concerns
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary for my cohort, equivalent to Band C, was very good. In fact, the best I saw for any project management apprentices. The salary has since been reduced for other cohorts to band D level, which I feel is unfair as some of these apprentices may be acting at band D level during their course, which is 2 pay grades higher than what they are being paid, which I feel is unfair as they have the same responsibilities.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are many opportunities outside of my role to take part in clubs/associations etc.
9a. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend LBG to a friend as the working environment is great, everybody is so friendly and our values ensure we are always aware that we are working towards one common goal, so everybody treats each other with respect regardless of position. Also, the opportunity to gain a qualification while gaining excellent experience in the largest bank in the country is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a career, whether it be in Banking or not.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group? *
I would say take time in your application and do a lot of research. It is a lengthy application process as LBG want to ensure they are hiring the best people for the job, so be prepared for that. But above all, be yourself. LBG put a lot of emphasis on hiring people they feel will work well within the organisation and will contribute towards the great culture of putting customers first, so if you let your personality shine through during the assessment day they will appreciate that and it will work in our favour.
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