Twelve students from Cardiff and Vale College have had work placements at Lloyds Bank, coming away with a career-boosting banking qualification.

The learners, who are all on Level 3 Business and Accountancy courses, spent the week working 9-5 at Lloyds Bank after submitting their CVs and successfully applying for the placement. They job shadowed and got to see and experience certain aspects of jobs available at the bank.

The students also had presentations delivered by senior managers on different careers paths and the business areas covered by Lloyds Bank. There were also coaching sessions, CV work and mock interviews.

CAVC Employability and Progression Officer Nick Aiston said: “These placements have given students invaluable employability skills and experiences to help them with their future careers. The students have also been working their way through nine e-learning modules which will give the students a Chartered Banker Foundation Award, a professional award that can be added to their CVs.

“We hope to have more placements in the New Year. We would like to thank Lloyds Senior Manager, Business Effectiveness and Support David Pemberton for arranging for these placements to happen and also Culture and Development Manager Emma Heard and Olivia Lewis for supporting the students during their week.”

Student Henry Corby, who is 18 and from Cardiff, said: “It was great and eye opening to the corporate world. We got one to one sessions with each department and we shadowed each role and learned on the job.

“I felt this week was very beneficial to my future prospects as it gave me first-hand experience of working in a successful office environment.”

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Carter from Cardiff said: “It has been really interesting learning about the different departments – there are so many jobs I didn’t know about. The Fraud Department has been my favourite department and learning about the different cases they handle – I could see myself working there in the future.

“The lady in the department showed us the database and how to cross-check people and how to underwrite people. It’s an amazing experience and I don’t want to leave.”

“I can really say that from my week here my career path has changed,” 16-year-old Georgia Thomas added.

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