1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have recently completed my Higher Apprenticeship at Lloyds Banking Group. My role as an apprentice was as a project assistant and I started off as Project Management Office support, learning the ropes of how projects worked and getting to grips with the governance structures and what that actually meant. I moved through a series of placements, earning more responsibility whilst on my scheme in order to gain experience in different types and phases of a project. I have recently been promoted to a Project Manager, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the apprenticeship laying the foundations and giving me the ability to progress through the organisation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, on my scheme I worked towards a Level 4 diploma in Project Management. I had to work on a number of theoretical units including communications and stakeholder management both of which were existing skills I developed, and I also got to focus on things such as Business Case development which is a completely new skill!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the nature of the programme; Project Management has always been a passion of mine. It was very difficult at times to juggle the day job, the studying and the extra activities I took part in with colleagues, however it was an incredible journey and I am very proud of what I have achieved.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
Extremely! Lloyds Banking Group have a very focused approach on their customers and equally, if not more so, on their staff. It is a great place to work, and personal development is always encouraged.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There was a well organised split between the on the job practical learning as well as the theory based learning. There were a few teething problems as we were the first cohort from LBG to go through the course, but it worked well in the end.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I met with my assessor on a monthly basis and for the first half of the programme, I also saw the tutor once a month in a class room environement with the rest of my cohort.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My line manager and surrounding colleagues were incredibly supportive. They all knew we were there to complete the apprenticeship and helped me to prioritise it, and also ensure I was given the best experience possible to benefit my learning.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The programme offers a very competitive salary! And I found myself in a better position than some of my friends fresh out of University on a training salary. All work expenses are covered by the Group.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a whole host of opportunities. We have an annual day to make a difference which I always take part in and is an opportunity to get involved and give back to the community. I have also taken part in charity fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society and BBC Children in Need, and I am an active ambassador for the apprenticeship programme. I have recently joined a netball team which I only knew existed the other day!
9a. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have had a great experience and it is not just about the 9-5 job. You are given the opportunity to focus on and develop yourself; you are constantly challenged and stretched and above all I do have fun at work!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group? *
Think about what really interests and motivates you, you need to be self starter!
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