Lloyds Banking Group and students from One have joined forces in a series of apprentice style challenges with three work experience placements being offered as the end prize. 20 students initially applied. 12 students were then chosen to take part in a series of challenges and three youngsters have subsequently been offered a two week work placement over the summer in Ipswich.
Georgina Chittock-Nash Faculty Head of BLP organised the partnership with the support of the Jayne Rowley Evans. Jayne, who is currently on secondment from Lloyds to Business in the Community (BiTC) is helping the banking group deliver its strategic goal of helping Britain prosper by being the bank that brings communities closer together to help them thrive.
Georgina, said, “The students were truly put through their paces. They gave a presentation, participated in finance tests under exam conditions, and were then assessed as a group, so that skills and leadership qualities could be highlighted. This was a great experience for all concerned, and those who didn’t make the final three were all given constructive feedback to support them when they are involved in future job applications. We are so proud of this relationship with Lloyds Banking Group and we would like to thank them for their support and congratulate Jayne for her efforts on this partnership and others. The link that we have created not only offered an insight for our students into the world of banking but helped highlight viable career paths once they complete their studies at One. We are looking forward to this being an annual event”.
Matt Newman, Local Customer Manager at the Ipswich branch of Lloyds Bank said, “We were very impressed by the standard of students at One. The process was very intense and was in line with our standard recruitment processes. We are looking forward to welcoming the winners (Elisha, Ella and Anya) to the Cornhill in the summer. There is always a distinct possibility that this opportunity could lead to full time employment.”
Jayne Rowley Evans, said, “This is one of a number of projects that I have worked on with One and they have all proved to be incredibly successful. My job is to try and help businesses and education work more closely together for the benefit of everyone and this particular scheme is a great example of how this can be achieved. "
Ella Pethybridge is one of the students set to work at Lloyds in the summer. She said, “My mum got a job with Lloyds at a similar age to me so in some ways I’m following in her footsteps. She said that it was a good opportunity and that I should go for it. I did, and I’m looking forward to the work placement in the summer.”