Alison & Vandita
14 April 2021
1 min read

"Lloyds Banking Group helps people who have been out of the workforce to blend back into the organisation."

Cynthia Barnes
Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives
14 April 2021
2 min read

"The programme was well thought through and organised with a large, diverse and friendly group of returners."

Cynthia joined the returners programme in 2019. She’s now Managing Director of  Strategic Initiatives & Development in the Group’s Corporate & Institutional Coverage department. 

Why did you decide to apply for the Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme?

I had a rather lengthy career break following the birth of twins and found that the traditional routes back to a meaningful position were ineffective.  I looked at a few of the returner programmes across different organisations and was attracted to Lloyds Banking Group for several reasons.  The size of the Group is substantial which suggested that there could be a range of opportunities to branch out both while in and post the Returner programme. 

It was evident that the Group is committed to attracting a pool of diverse talent and had invested in the development and running of a well thought through programme to meet this aim. 

It didn’t feel at all like a box ticking exercise and that there was genuine interest in what I could bring to the table.  I had observed the roles some returners from earlier cohorts were able to secure which suggested there was genuine opportunity both for the restart into work, and longer-term journey.

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Rob Carmichael
Director, IBOR Transition Programme
14 April 2021
2 min read

"My experience of the programme was an excellent, supportive framework for balancing the return to work after a period away."

Rob joined the returners programme in 2017. He’s now Director of our Inter Bank Offered Rate Transition Programme in our Group Transformation department.

Why did you decide to apply for the Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme?

Having taken three years off as my daughter was born, it was a perfect way to return to the job market without having to explain my CV gap, and in an environment which recognised and encouraged flexible working. 

What was your experience of the programme? 

An excellent, supportive framework for balancing the return to work after a period away.  Also a fabulous network of like-minded individuals across a range of disciplines and experience which has proved invaluable both at the time and throughout my time with the organisation.

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Jasmine Kohli
Relationship Manager
14 April 2021
2 min read

"I found HR incredibly empathetic and helpful to my needs as a parent – I wanted to work with a flexible working arrangement and this was not a contentious issue"

Jasmine joined the returners programme in 2019 after a three year career break. She’s now a Relationship Manager in our Commercial team.

Why did you decide to apply for the Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme?

After a 3 year career break, I was anxious about returning to the Banking sector and this was the first role that seemed to acknowledge those anxieties and support someone back into doing something they loved.

I enquired within my network to those who worked at Lloyds Banking Group and the responses were resoundingly positive around the overall culture at the Bank. 

What was your experience of the programme? 

During the recruitment process, I found HR incredibly empathetic and helpful to my needs as a parent – I wanted to work with a flexible working arrangement and this was not a contentious issue, to my surprise.

I loved the format of the programme – I really valued the induction, which included an introduction to the Group and the opportunity to learn about its different Divisions.  It was great to meet fellow returners in my cohort and share experiences. You may be surprised to learn that we are still all in contact, over a year on.

When moving into the Commercial office, it was great to be in an actual role, where I was able to make a difference. I feared that I would just end up doing administrative tasks but I was able to perform the day job, which was really motivating and enjoyable.

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