Lloyds Scholars Scheme

Lloyds Scholars Scheme


Speakers: S1 – Richard Cooper, Head of Education and
Employability, Lloyds Banking Group S2 – Poppie, MEng Computer Science and Software
Engineering S3 – Mandeep, BA History
S4 – Jessica Cooper, Scholarship Coordinator, University of Birmingham
S5 – James, BA History S6 – Lee, BMus Music
S7 – Brandon, BA Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
S8 – Amy, LLB Law S9 – Ahmad, BEng Mechanical Engineering
S10 – Saran, BA Social Work S11 – Nicola Baker, Visitor Services Supervisor,
Winterbourne House & Gardens S12 – Cat Fereday, Lloyds Scholars Mentor,
Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group S13 – Ronnie Morrison, Lloyds Scholars Mentor,
Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group M – Male voice-over; no name given
F – Female voice-over; no name given **** F One of the great things about the Lloyds
Scholars’ Programme is the wide range of support that it gives you. F Not a lot of people my age have the opportunity
to do internships. M I wanted to become a Lloyds Scholar mainly
because of the opportunities that I thought it would provide. S1 We set up the Lloyds Scholars’ Programme
in 2011 and the ethos was to support young people who are from low income families and
probably don’t have the same sort of support network that some of their peers at university
would have access to and to support them through their time at university by providing them
with a range of different opportunities. S2 One of the great things about the Lloyds
Scholars’ Programme is the wide range of support that it gives you. So there’s not only the
financial support which is really useful in terms of helping with living costs at university. S3 I saw the fact that Lloyds were offering
mentoring, they were offering kind of that one-on-one experience. S4 This partnership with Lloyds Bank allows
the university to really strengthen its links with the local community and also continue
the vision that the university was founded on — widening access to education for all
and improving the City of Birmingham. So for the university, the partnership with Lloyds
Bank has been a great opportunity and one that we hope will continue. S1 I think the unique features of the Lloyds
Scholars’ Programme are the combination of the financial support, which a lot of companies
provide through scholarships and bursaries, but it’s the extra bits, it’s the mentoring,
the opportunity to do two paid internships, the skills development opportunities that
we provide and of course, the requirement to volunteer 100 hours in the community. S4 The volunteering aspect of the Lloyds Scholars’
Programme helps the university really strengthen its relationship with the local communities
and the charities that are in the area. S1 It was important for us to include volunteering
as part of the requirement of the scholars. They receive a lot of benefits through the
programme and they’re not obliged to pay anything back and they’re not obliged to join Lloyds
at the end of the day when they graduate. So their volunteering is their bit of giving
something back in return for the benefits that they receive. S5 I chose to volunteer at Freshwinds, teaching
UK online to people who are searching for jobs. S6 I chose to volunteer with a shop called
Barnado’s Charity Shop. S7 I chose to work in Holy Souls Primary School,
which is the primary school that I attended when I was younger. S2 I’m part of the UK Youth Parliament, so
through that I do a lot of facilitating workshops with young people. S8 I volunteered with a charity called Crisis
over Christmas which helps homeless people. S9 I’m going to be at the Big Bang Fair at
the NEC, so it’s a national event. S10 I volunteer as a life mentor for young
people with mental health issues. S3 I chose Winterbourne House & Garden as
my volunteering placement. S5 I chose it because it really felt like
I was helping people who were unemployed to find jobs and to give them skills that they
would need to achieve that. I fit in my volunteering hours quite well by planning ahead when I’m
going to do my work and by fitting it around my timetable. S7 Volunteering is not a chore. With the university
and lectures and socials, I manage to fit it round quite well. I mean it’s just a matter
of getting the volunteering and then telling them your hours and then it goes from there
really. Like you just do what you can do. I take part in all sorts of activities — monitoring
behaviour, teaching basic Maths and English. I mean the other week I even got the opportunity
to take a class for an hour, so I took a group of Year 2 students and taught them basic ICT. S6 When I work in the shop I do a whole range
of different things. I help sort out donations and we’ve got a programme where we can Gift
Aid things to get some more money and I just do anything really; I help clean up, try and
make things look more presentable so we can sell more. When I thought about the volunteering
I thought a hundred hours would really be quite a lot, but actually it really feels
like nothing when you go in. I’ve already done about 65 hours so far and I think the
next few hours getting towards a hundred will be really quite easy. S11 Having the Lloyds Scholars volunteers
here has helped us be able to function a little better. We have extra resources around the
site; that also helps free up normal staff’s time. I would definitely recommend having
Lloyds Scholars volunteers in the workplace. S7 For me it really gives me the opportunity
to give something back to the community that gave me such good opportunities when I grew
up. S1 Each scholar will have a mentor who will
be with them throughout their time at university and they’ll be able to provide them with advice
and guidance. S12 The scholars can make as much of that
relationship as they want to. We are there pretty much whenever they want, you know,
by email, text, phone, actual visits, coming in to see us, arrangements when the scholars
have gatherings, you know, some of the mentors will be there. S1 They’re not family and they’re not friends
but they’re there to provide advice and support. S13 I think the general individual worries,
we’re working with young people who may be away from home for the first time who maybe
are at university for the first time, so all the issues that go and are attached to that
are some of the concerns that are evident. S7 My mentor has been very useful in the fact
that he’s provided me the opportunity to meet Lloyds Grad Scheme people and I’ve had the
opportunity to sit down with them and talk about what the Grad Scheme would offer me. S6 Me and my mentor get on really well. I
really enjoy speaking with her. She’s been a really great support, not just with the
Lloyds internships and volunteering but we’ve been able to talk about anything really. S3 She’s actually been really helpful in showing
me how I can develop my skills within the business and how to develop networks. S2 My mentor actually works in Birmingham
so it’s been really easy to meet up with her a few times over last term. She’s a really
nice person and I think that’s what people kind of miss about the mentor thing; they
think it’s going to be some scary boss from Lloyds Banking Group, but actually it’s really
nice just to have someone that’s already in business, already in the Banking Group, to
just kind of speak to you about your options. S13 I probably speak to my mentee once every
couple of months where we sit down over a coffee. Other than that we communicate by
email and text. S7 He’s provided me insight into his business,
I’ve had a tour round his office, so he’s provided me with information about Lloyds
on the whole and what he does as a job. So it’s a good worthwhile relationship really. S3 She helped me with picking my choices for
my internship because initially I had quite a long list of places I was interested in,
such as general management, HR, and I wasn’t actually sure where I would fit in in the
business and she actually went around, used her connections, used her networks, to find
out more information about how the business kind of works and where I would feel more
challenged and feel better placed and that was actually a key part of making my decision
for the internship. S4 There are many benefits to the students
being part of the Lloyds Scholars’ Programme. One of the main ones is the opportunity to
develop employability skills and that’s mainly through the internship programme that Lloyds
Bank offer the scholars. S1 Each scholar gets the opportunity to complete
two paid internships; they’re ten weeks long and they’re doing real jobs in real parts
of the business, they’re not photocopying and they’re not making the tea, they’re doing
real hands-on jobs and getting proper work experience and they’re getting paid for it. S12 The opportunity to actually learn about
the business and in terms of preparing you for the next stage in life after university,
you go to an employer with a really deep understanding about the corporate world, or actually just
about how people work in meetings together. So it doesn’t really matter what you’re going
to go into, you will get some really useful skills. S2 Not a lot of first years can say that they’re
going to get their internships that’s all sorted before you’ve even come to university
really because we found out in the September before we started. So I guess it’s just having
a bit of security about internships and work experience so you know that you’ll be fine. S3 I’ve chosen, as part of my internship,
I’ve chosen to be placed in HR and my second choice is general management. I hope to gain
a lot of experience, a lot of networks and to build up relationships with people as well
as kind of gaining skills from the internship. S12 The internship experience for the scholars
is extremely valuable because we can talk to you a lot about different business skills
and soft skills and technical skills, but actually coming in, having the opportunity
in a very safe environment to put it in practice, be coached, get feedback, is absolutely priceless. S9 The application process was quite rigorous. S5 Quite challenging, but it was rewarding
at the same time. S7 It’s workable and if you put the time and
effort into it, anyone can achieve it. S10 It’s quite rewarding to know that you’d
got through each section once you had, so that sort of gave you the inspiration then
to keep trying and having the momentum to carry on with it all. S6 First off I had to submit an online application
which was absolutely fine. S9 Then it was the numerical test. I didn’t
really know what to expect from that but Lloyds gave you an opportunity to do a practice test
before the actual one, so that gave us a slight advantage. S7 And then following that there was a telephone
interview. S3 I found the interviewer was quite accommodating.
He told me like the stages I would go through, what kind of questions he was going to ask
me and I felt that that put me at ease. S2 The final bit is the Assessment Centre
which is a day full of different exercises, like the competency based interview, an analysis
based exercise and a group discussion. S3 And it was quite a useful experience, especially
for any further Assessment Centres that I might attend. S8 Overall the day was really relaxed and
even if you don’t make it through at the end, I think it’s a worthwhile experience to have
some new opportunities in an interview situation and even make some new friends at the end
of it. S6 We get a lot of support from the university.
We’ve got a great scholarship coordinator who helps, you know, keep us on track and
encourages us to get on with our volunteering, which is really useful. S7 If we need any help we just go to her for
the advice and the university through the Guild of Students provide a good network of
people to help you if you ever need the support. S5 I would definitely recommend applying to
the Lloyds Scholarship because it’s a great opportunity to do some volunteering. It pushes
you into doing something good. S2 Having the opportunity to go on two summer
internships and learn a lot about a huge company with lots of different opportunities, is amazing. S7 Being a Lloyds scholar will help me in
the future when I put it on my CV that I’m a graduate as well as a Lloyds scholar, so
it can only help me in whatever job field I go into in the future. S6 It’s such a worthwhile experience. Even
if you don’t think banking is something you want to go into, it’s great for anyone. I
mean I’m a music student. S2 Even if I don’t work in Lloyds, the experience
that this scholarship programme will give me is invaluable, so I’m really happy to be
on the programme and it’s great for my future career. M Think big. S2 Then think bigger. S3 Become — F A Lloyds — S7 Scholar. F Open up — S6 A world — M Of new — M Possibilities. END OF RECORDING

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