Bassaleg School friends land Lloyds apprenticeships with help from Business Class programme
Two 16-year-old friends and former Bassaleg School students have been offered apprenticeships with Lloyds Bank, thanks to a unique partnership between the business and the school.
The duo encountered Lloyds Bank through their school’s involvement in Business Class – a collaborative programme between Business in the Community, Careers Wales and the Welsh Government.
The programme builds partnerships between businesses and schools in Wales, to forge relationships, introduce pupils to career opportunities and build their employability skills.
Before taking part in Business Class, friends Lexi Wall from Mount Pleasant, and Nicole Skinner from Rogerstone, weren’t sure of their next steps after leaving school.
After taking part in one of Lloyds’ apprenticeship workshops through the partnership, both pupils showed potential and were offered the chance to take part in a unique work placement programme offered by Lloyds through Bassaleg School. After completing their placements at the company, Lexi and Nicole were supported through a further application process to apply for permanent roles.
They are now working as Customer Advisers in the bank’s Newport centre, ahead of starting their apprenticeships with Lloyds.
Speaking about the experience, Lexi said: “When I was still at school, I had no idea what I wanted to do once I left. I’d never considered working for a bank, but when we were introduced to Lloyds through the Business Class events I was really interested. Afterwards, we were asked if we would like to know more about opportunities with the business, and both Nicole and I put our hands up
“I was grateful to have a friend that was going through the same process and we supported each other. We’ve learned so many different skills through working at Lloyds, like dealing with customers, how to communicate well, and how to see things from another perspective."
“I’m really looking forward to starting my apprenticeship next year, and I want to stay with Lloyds to progress and experience other areas of the business as well. I would never have known about the opportunity without the programme, so I’m really glad we were given the chance to be part of it."
Lloyds is part of nine Business Class partnerships across Wales, with the bank supporting students through activities such as job application and interview help, financial literacy and e-safety workshops, and sessions on preparation for the world of work.
Graham Bowd Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “Business Class brings industry and young people together in a practical way, as this excellent collaboration between Lloyds and Bassaleg School illustrates.
“By giving young people like Lexi and Nicole direct access to employers, they are made aware of the range of opportunities available to them at a crucial time in their lives, when some of the most important decisions are made.
Through events and workshops, they are also prepared for the world of work by learning the kinds of skills employers are looking for, equipping them with the tools needed to succeed in the world of work.”
Careers Wales in an all-Wales service that offers free career advice, tips and guidance to people of all ages looking to enter full or part time employment, work schemes, apprenticeships or gain work experience to further their skills and job prospects.