Returnship Programme 2019

Are you ready to return to work?

Lloyds Banking Group support a 'Returnship Programme' dedicated to talented professionals like you who have taken a break from their career and are now ready to return to work.

This award winning programme is now in its fourth year and recognises the transition back to work can be quite daunting. Starting in October 2019 our 16 week internship programme is designed specifically to support you with the transition. Our aim would be to offer you a permanent position at the end of the programme.

The Group believes that workforce agility is key to enabling us to be the Best Bank for Customers and a great place to work for our colleagues. Many of our roles offer flexibility around where people work and the hours they work.

What else can you expect? 

Meaningful work from day one in a friendly, collaborative environment with an easy on-boarding programme. A  buddy who joined the programme in previous years, regular coaching, mentoring and additional support to help you settle into Lloyds Banking Group.

As you'd expect, salaries vary depending on the business area and the type of role that you're appointed into and you can find out more via the dedicated page links below.

To qualify, you'll need to be returning from a break of (minimum) two years and whilst you're likely to have worked within professional services or banking, it's your experience, drive and transferable leadership skills that are important to us. So let us help you as you embark on your next journey.

To understand more about our exciting opportunities please click here.

Scroll down to read more from previous returners.

"My life experience during my career break counted"

Amanda Hunter - Relationship Director

The Returnship Programme appealed to me because I was attracted by the fact that the Group recognised that my life experience during my career break counted – e.g. Project Manager (aka organised a major house renovation – liaised and negotiated with architects, contractors and suppliers and managed the budget), Chief Logistics Officer (aka chief organiser and taxi-driver for two children with lots of after-school activities).

How does working in an agile way support your work life balance?

It can be tricky to keep all the plates spinning but I am glad my line manager and the Bank trust me to be able to get my job done whether I am at the office or at home or in the car on the way to a meeting.

Any top tips you’d offer to people returning from a career break?

Think about what you really want – what would be your ideal situation – and ask for it. It may not be available, but if you haven’t asked you won’t know.

"Embrace the opportunity, what you put in you get out"

Rob Carmichael, Relationship Director, Mid Markets

The programme appealed to me because it provided a supportive, collaborative re-introduction to the workplace and a Bank whose culture and values chimes with me. Also flexibility to manage work within my personal life and the immediate and exciting career opportunities!

What were the experience/benefits you found of being on the Returnship Programme?

There is an effective cohort of colleagues across divisions which enabled me to establish a cross-product and business internal network quickly and also good exposure across the Group and insight into strategic direction, assisting personal decision on final role.

Top tips you’d offer to people returning from a career break?

1) Embrace the opportunity.  What you put in, you get out.

2) Back yourself.  You are on the programme as you are the best.

3) Network like crazy!

"The chance to re-discover what I enjoyed about the job"

Seung Yun Lee Oxley, Director

I joined the Lloyds Returnship programme in June 2017 after a three year break from the banking industry.  The break offered me the opportunity to test my entrepreneurial skills by starting an online business and also allowed me to spend more time with my young children.

What were the highlights of the programme?

The programme was hugely supportive by providing training, workshops, networking events to meet people across the bank, a mentor from past Returnship Programmes, the opportunity to re-do my regulatory CISI exams; but most importantly the chance to re-discover what I enjoyed about the job and learn where I wanted to focus my next stage in the career.

Top tip?

Network, Network, Network!