Case Study: Lloyds Banking Group
Apprentice Name: Sanaa Khan
Apprenticeship Title: Level 3 IT Professionals
Employer: Lloyds Banking Group
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO AN APPRENTICESHIP?
I left school at the age of 16 to begin an apprenticeship at Lloyds Banking Group. I chose this route as opposed to A-Levels as I liked the idea that I could still learn whilst earning money and gaining experience in a professional environment. I didn't want to go to university like everyone else so I took a slightly different path which provided me with an early start to a career in the financial sector.
Please describe your experience
I thoroughly enjoyed being an apprentice as it provided me with so much opportunity. I was able to build my confidence and learn about the working world as it was all entirely new to me. I never thought after completing the apprenticeship that schools would invite me to talk about my career journey to inspire the students to follow a similar path. I have learnt so much at lloyds and will continue to do so.
How has your Apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?
The apprenticeship provided me with the platform to progress, I feel as though I have really grasped this opportunity and taken on additional responsibilities and roles so that I stand out and continue to develop up skill and showcase my abilities. From when I first started on the service desk to now excelling in roles such as project lead, I have managed to progress making use of my internal network of colleagues and mentors.
What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or educations?
The apprenticeship route stood out to me personally as it gave me the chance to learn, earn and gain experience. With higher education, in most cases you are not guaranteed a full time job at the end of it. I think unless the career you desire requires a professional qualification such as a degree, an apprenticeship is definitely the best route to success as you are gaining experience which is what employers are looking for.