1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently undertaking a higher apprenitceship in Project Management to work towards an APMP Project Management Qualfication. during the two year apprenticeship, we are given the oppurtunity to be placed in a number of different placement roles such as PMO, A business analyst role, a project management assistant etc. I am currently on a Project providing some PMO Support. Not one day is the same in the office but some of the task's and activites which I complete regualary include being in charge of the Action and Risk and Issue log for the Project. It is important that the project is fully aware of all potential risks and for us to keep abreast of these risks we must receive timely updates from work stream leads so this is an important task to keep everything running smoothly. A Second exercise which I do every two week's is preparing and hosting the Project Working Group's meeting which is a meeting which provides a update on the different workstream's across the project. I am required to negoatiate, chase and prep a professsional pack for this specific reporting line.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many different skills whilst being on this apprenticeship. these include stakeholder management, improvements in communication with myself and others, the ability to perform and take on challenging activites and task's, time management and orgainsational skills. All of which will be transferable to any role in the future.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme as it is never the same from one week to the next. Our Practice Manager's are always looking for new challenging work and exercises to get us involved in and the support is amazing.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
I feel very valued within Lloyds banking Group as I come across so many different stakeholder's who are really intrested in what is involved in the programme, and would like to get me to work within there team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Although there are a lot of different oppurtunites and exercises for myself to get involved with now that I have settled in, the orgainsation and stricture of the programme when I was first put into the programme is poor. The apprenticeship side of things e.g. the exams, training and evidence (Coursework) Is still however structed well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I recieve a lot of support during this programme. I have a practice manager, a task manager, a buddy, a mentor and the other apprentices to help me along. As well as support from the project team and all other stakeholder's you come in contact with.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lloyds are brilliant for giving you oppurtunitys to improve and develop within the company.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My Salary and Benifit package is excellent as it is a real wage opposed to an 'apprenticeship wage'. This also mean's we are treated as real employee's with a real job role.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there are many different oppurtunies to get involved with activites outside of work e.g. charity events, socail events and apprenticeship meetings
9. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend?
So many brilliant oppurtunites, a good salary, and never a dull moment.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group?
Be confident in your ability to do well. Be yourself, and ask plently of questions if you are unsure about anything.
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