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Lloyds Banking Group were recognised amongst the nations’ top apprenticeship employers and highly commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House.
The event grows each and every year and highlights the importance of apprenticeships to local, regional and national economies. The awards emphasised the outstanding range of apprenticeships on offer and the skills that apprentices gain when taking on these roles.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said:
“Apprenticeships work. They give people of all ages and all backgrounds the ladder of opportunity to get paid experience in work and a top class qualification at the same time.”
On top of this accolade Lloyds Banking Group were also named 48th on the Rate my Apprenticeship Top 70 Employers table 2017. The table is based on over 3,300 peer-to-peer written reviews from young people, combining ratings from a range of schemes, including apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, traineeships, gap year programmes and work experience opportunities. Lloyds were reviewed 7.93 / 10 by 93 school leavers.
Lloyds are constantly looking for the next generation of talented, determined and motivated people to join their business that’s as diverse as the population of Britain. Their apprenticeship opportunities are intended to help individuals support their interests and strengths, and range from leading digital and IT innovation to shaping strategy; from helping customers to interpreting financial figures. Lloyd’ offer the chance to gain higher education and professional qualifications whilst being supported by mentors and experienced business leaders. Apprenticeships range between intermediate, advanced and higher programmes with varying levels of qualifications and training on offer. Apprenticeship programmes are open all year round with Higher Apprenticeships opening from May-July.
Jasmin Kaur is on a Lloyds Banking Group Higher Apprenticeship in Marketing. Find out what she has discovered so far:
“My apprenticeship was a quick decision – I suddenly decided I’d rather be getting practical skills at work than going to a lecture hall every day. I wanted to learn, contribute, earn a regular salary, get a recognised qualification. The thing that’s surprised me most is the work culture. I thought it’d be very formal and corporate but actually everyone’s very relaxed and approachable, willing to give you support.
“Forget the stereotypical image of how apprentices are treated – as soon as I joined, I realised it was a myth. I’m treated as an equal colleague, same as everyone else. They’re dead serious about helping us get the skills and knowledge for us to go up against graduates and do as well as them.
“I really like it here. I feel like I’ve tapped into a great network of fellow marketers and made connections with supportive and talented people.
“I’ve learnt how to produce many different pieces of marketing communication, and developed a deeper knowledge of our products and the markets in which we sell them.
“My manager and my mentors, they’ve all been key in helping me discover more about myself and how I want to develop.
“Flexible working helps me to perform so much better in my job. There are times when I need to move my hours around, or to work from home, and my line manager is happy for me to do that."
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