Thanks to Caron Ricciardi, Senior Business Development Manager, for providing a case study from Lloyds Banking Group who are partnered with our Banking and Finance module here at UWE Bristol.
What is Course Connect?
Course Connect Partnerships help bridge the gap between academia and industry and contribute to the practice focus of our programmes. Businesses can partner with us to co-create knowledge and help educate our students by supporting a module on a taught programme for two years.
Please give a short bio and history of your business:
‘When Lloyds Banking Group was formed in 2009, it brought together many well-known, financial-sector brands, including Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows. Our combined history stretches back more than 300 years, and encompasses a diverse range of businesses.’
How is your business getting involved with Course Connect?
‘We provide support for the banking and finance programme, complimenting the programme modules through a variety of activities, for example:
- Interactive presentations on Robotics and Money Laundering
- Giving new starter students an introduction to the soft skills needed in business
- Helping 2nd and 3rd year students with mock interviews, CV feedback and assessment centres to fully prepare them for careers after graduating.’
What interested you about being a Course Connect partner?
‘We want young people to get a great start to their working life, sharing our experiences, knowledge and skills is a great way to help make that happen. This approach aligns to our Group purpose of Helping Britain Prosper.’
What is your feedback so far?
‘Personally I feel we have built a robust relationship with the lecturers and course directors / leads. This is complimented through Lloyds’ seat on the UWE Board, where in collaboration with other local businesses we help to shape the discussions for course content and direction. As an employer, we look to add value by ensuring the courses provide a ‘true to life’ perspective for students.’
‘When talking about our relationship with UWE internally to my Lloyds colleagues, I class us as an “integral partner for the programme”.’
If you would like to find out more about Course Connect or would like to become a partner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.