Case Study: Lloyds Banking Group
Apprentice Name: Lewis Connell
Apprenticeship Title: Advanced IT Apprentice / Software Developer.
Employer: Lloyds Banking Group
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
I took up the opportunity to go for an apprenticeship, when i realised that maybe university life wasn’t suited for me, while i was at sixth-form. Apprenticeships offered an opportunity for me to learn and develop my personal skills while working on a career path at the same time, this sounded much more beneficial than going to uni as i was getting 2 things for the price of 1.
Describe your experience
My experience in LBG - stockbroking it has being unreal, people can’t believe the progress I’ve made, Since I
joined I was paired up with a mentor/budy, someone to aspire to be. While working on my own apprenticeship, I can say I have reached that asire goal and role within just over 3 years working here, I have been given and continue to be given the support I need to complete my job, and that's a big cultural trait at LBG.
How has your Apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?
My apprenticeship within LBG has progressed my career tremendously. With a hard work ethic and being determined to achieve my goals, I am now an independent software developer within the stockbroking team within 3 years. I have completed my apprenticeship and successfully earned two promotion since. I am now working in a scrum agile team and working towards being a scrum master.
What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?
More In –control of your own destiny.
Earning while you learn.
Learning from experienced colleagues.
Allows different styles of learning to excel (i.e not all exam based)
Start on Lower wages than graduates, however the experience, you gain makes all the difference when applying for roles.
You have a foot through the door, in an industry