Lloyds Banking Group is extending its Lloyds Scholars Programme to two more universities, Bath and Brimingham.
The programme offers students from lower income backgrounds a combination of financial support and, through mentoring and internships, the opportunity to develop their employability skills. Each student is required to volunteer 100 hours per year to help develop their skills and serve the local community.
António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group said: “By providing the broadest range of internship and mentoring opportunities to our Scholars, and insisting that they each volunteer 100 hours per year, we have a platform to showcase the pivotal role banks, like Lloyds, are playing within their communities. This is critical and will ensure that the brightest and most able students continue to join our industry.”
The Group invested £1.6 million in the Lloyds Scholars Programme during 2012 and announced its commitment to further expand the programme. Bath and Birmingham Universities join the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, UCL, Oxford, Sheffield and Warwick on the programme.