Students from The Sheffield College are seeing their studies ‘come to life’ thanks to a new leadership development programme run by Lloyds Banking Group.

Rising stars apply to get involved with the initiative at Lloyds Mortgage Centre in Sheffield with 15 selected as the ‘Core Team’.

Elizabeth Stenton Mortgage Adviser at Lloyds Banking Group said: “As part of the intensive development programme the students are tasked with a challenge – it’s an open remit but it has to satisfy our Lloyds’ strapline ‘Helping Britain Prosper’ and impact on the local community.

“The initial introductory session was an open house coffee morning where several of our Lloyds team attended and shared their own personal career stories, ranging from starting out as apprentices, graduate trainees, or in part-time jobs that converted to full-time career opportunities and internships. All individuals offered to be personal mentors to the for ongoing support, too.”

Students attended a two-day Insight Programme where they were introduced to roles and activities within the business and offered support with CV writing, job prep and interview techniques. Team building exercises were also incorporated into the programme including a fun escape room initiative.

“So far we have had two cohorts of students and already we’re planning for two more groups later this year,” said Elizabeth. “It’s a super model, adds real value to the students and brings their studies to life as well as introducing them to the world of work.

“We like to think it’s Lloyds leading by example – an organisation ‘walking its talk’ and offering a tangible opportunity to local students.”