1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Project Management - supporting Project Managers in all project activities, from PMO work to assisting in management activities themselves. I have also been given small projects to run myself.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have achieved an APM Diploma in Project Management, a nationally recognised qualification. This involved learning project methodology throughout the project lifecycle
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love it. I have learnt so many new skills, and given so many opportunities. It is a great start to my career, I feel I have built a great foundation for my future
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
Very valued. Everyone was very excited to have an apprentice start in their Division, and really supported me throughout the apprenticeship
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised. We had a set number of modules to pass, and were informed from the start how we would learn the information, and when the exams would take place.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We had monthly meetings with an assessor from our training provider who assessed our progress. Sometimes it did not necessarily feel like support, with the opportunity to call out when you were feeling unsure, but rather an assessment - the results of which went to our managers each month
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The nature of the role that we were training for meant that people didnt always have a lot of time. I think that for some people it meant that they didnt recieve as much support as they should. For me, I did feel supported, but if there was ever a time when I was feeling overworked I was the one who had to speak out about it for something to change - no one noticed to start with.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As this was one of the most competitive salaries for apprenticeships I had seen, and matched some graduate salaries, I was more than happy with this. Unfortunately, the cost of travel to London is not completely covered by the London Weighting, but I excepted this going into the role
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there are opportunities to get involved with extra things you are interested in, and also to go to events to network so yes I would say that there are.
9. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend?
Great employer, very competitive salary, fantastic qualification and great office environment. the work is challenging, different every day, and keeps you on your toes!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group?
Be confident and assertive from day 1. Know your subject (in the interview and in your work). Make sure your CV is concise. Be timely. Be prepared to go the extra mile in your work and in other opportunities you might be given
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