Lloyds Banking Group’s “Legal in the Community” initiative has launched a Work Skills Programme that will take place this autumn to give twenty students a close-up look at how the legal function of a retail and commercial bank operates and develop skills that will be useful in their chosen careers.
The students will spend two days at Lloyds Banking Group's head office in London during their half term holiday. They will experience what daily life is like for the legal team; learn about financial literacy; take part in a business challenge, meet senior executives and get an opportunity to practice their interview technique.
The twenty students will be welcomed to Lloyds Banking Group fresh from the A&O Smart Start Experience 2012. Lloyds Banking Group has participated in the Smart Start Experience for several years and has been impressed by the calibre of the students they have worked with on the scheme.
The Work Skills Programme is designed to build on the skills that the students started to develop at A&O, honing their ability to network and build relationships and their aptitude for analysing and presenting information – but this time in an entirely new and different business environment.
The Lloyds Banking Group “Legal in the Community” initiative enables its in-house legal teams to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Lawyers from Lloyds Banking Group are involved in a diverse range of projects that harness the skills and enthusiasm of legal teams throughout the UK.
Alistair Houghton, senior lawyer at Lloyds Banking Group, who has put the programme together, says: "It's part of our long term strategy to invest in the communities in which we live and work. The LBG Work Skills Programme will enable the students to get real insight into what it's like to work in a business like ours and to develop skills they will use to unlock opportunities in their future careers. Having seen the commitment and enthusiasm of the Smart Start students over the years, it was a natural fit for LBG to offer those students the chance to participate. We are pleased to be able to do something meaningful to continue to have a positive impact on their futures."
David Morley, Allen & Overy Senior Partner, chair of PRIME and the driving force behind setting up the Smart Start Experience, says: "With Smart Start we're trying to create a level playing field so that young people from all backgrounds have a chance to get an insight into business. It's fantastic that Lloyds Banking Group are committed to this goal. The opportunity they are providing is really going to open the students' eyes to the wider legal profession and ultimately I'm sure it will have a real impact on the decisions that these young people start to make about their future careers."
Over one hundred 16/17 year olds from some of London's most deprived boroughs come to A&O every summer to take part in the Smart Start Experience, a quality work experience and skills development programme that first launched in 2009. Students are inspired to consider a range of different career paths, working with lawyers and professionals from across A&O's business and meeting people from a number of the firm's clients, who work alongside A&O volunteers during the week.
For more information on the Smart Start Experience, please click here.