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Senior Leader Apprenticeship at Lloyds Banking Group

A vital platform for personal and professional growth

Lloyds Banking Group and Henley Business School are delighted to offer the Senior Leader Apprenticeship in Business Administration. It has been meticulously crafted to align with the strategic objectives of Lloyds Banking Group while strengthening the professional capabilities of our esteemed employees.

Tailored for senior managers, people managers, product managers, and heads of function, this programme represents a sophisticated avenue for investing in leadership development. By participating, individuals will be empowered to:

  • Enhance productivity
  • Foster creativity and innovation
  • Facilitate organisational change with precision and effectiveness.

This programme serves as a vital platform for personal and professional growth, empowering individuals to reach their full potential within Lloyds Banking Group.

“I think the way it has really challenged my thinking is the key point with it. I would absolutely say I am now a critical thinker. The way that I approach problems and situations is so much different now than before I started the Senior Leader Apprenticeship.”
Kathryn Marshall Senior Manager Apprenticeships, Lloyds Banking Group

Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration - Level 7

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration programme equips learners with the key leadership and management skills to address challenges within our organisation.

During the programme, learners will explore three main themes which will consider how they impact managers' and leaders' duties in the fast-paced business world.

Developing strategy in a changing world

  • Strategy: Examines the concept of leadership, its purpose and effectiveness, before exploring organisational mission, culture, values and diversity. The concept of strategy is examined, and organisational structures are discussed. The concept of strategic thinking is central to the module, along with the importance of the organisation’s value proposition.
  • Innovation and change: Evaluates how innovation and disruptive technologies can impact organisations and understanding the drivers of change and new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people and culture, and sustainability.

Ensuring responsible leadership​ and governance​

  • Leading responsibly: reflections on enterprise and risk: Enterprises need a deep understanding of how to devise ethical strategies and manage risk if they are to thrive in today’s challenging world. This module examines the concepts of ethics and values-based leadership, before exploring approaches to embedding corporate responsibility in organisations.
  • Finance: Identifying trends that impact financial strategy, applying relevant economic theory to decision-making, and understanding financial governance and legal requirements.​ The module is designed for the practising manager, recognising that every aspect of the business has an impact on the bottom line.

Leading through stakeholder relationships​

  • Engaging employees: Creating an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference; learning to articulate and translate vision into operational strategies.​
  • Leading and developing people: Building engagement and developing high performing, agile and collaborative cultures.

Personal development

Personal development is integral to the programme and is embedded throughout the course.​ As such, the programme also includes two workshop days for personal development.​ It enables apprentices to reflect on their own self-awareness and present a structured and critical approach to self-development.

“My personal development has been significantly impacted by the apprenticeship. There were a number of personal development opportunities offered throughout the apprenticeship, such as an external mentor from Henley Business School’s alumni, and coaching sessions which are offered to all apprentices at Henley. The ‘LinkedIn Visibility Challenge’ run by my Henley Coach enabled me to practise my newfound skills in storytelling. Many of my network have approached me and commented on the changes they have observed in me.”
Anna Bowles, Skills Infrastructure Lead, Lloyds Banking Group

How the programme is delivered

This apprenticeship programme is taught using a blended learning method that combines face-to-face workshops (one per sprint) with online and on-the-job learning.

Each module is split into an eight-week sprint structure with each segment serving distinct purposes:

  1. Project initiation: Collaboratively identify and define a work-based project with your employer and learning coach.
  2. Digital learning: Engage with pertinent content through Canvas - Henley’s digital learning platform.
  3. Project scope clarification: Delve into the scope and objectives of the work-based project with guidance from your learning coach.
  4. Workplace application: Apply newfound knowledge and skills directly within your workplace setting.
  5. Interactive workshops: Participate in action learning workshops to deepen understanding and refine strategies.
  6. Project development: Progressively develop and refine your work-based project with ongoing support.
  7. Progress assessment: Conduct regular progress checks with your learning coach to ensure alignment and address any challenges.
  8. Project submission and review: Submit your completed project for evaluation, reflecting on your learning journey and achievements.
“I've really enjoyed my time at Henley. It's helped me develop some skills and techniques that I've been able to put into practice in real-life and in my day job.”
John Broad, Product Owner - Mass Affluent CRM, Lloyds Banking Group
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Awards & qualifications

On successful completion of the apprenticeship - learners will achieve;

  • Henley Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Henley Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship
  • a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • Chartered Manager status (on successful completion of the End Point Assessment)
  • ​CMI student membership (programme duration plus three months, with option for individuals to pay for full membership thereafter).

Upcoming start dates

  • 5 November 2024 - nominations due 13 August 2024
  • 11 February 2025 - nominations due 19 November 2024

Interested in applying?

If you're interested in joining the Senior Leader Apprenticeship in Business Administration programme, please register your interest internally through the Lloyds Banking Group Apprenticeship Hub.

Your details will be shared with Henley Business School where you will receive an invitation to the next information call and you will receive details on how to nominate yourself for your chosen start date.


What if I don’t have Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths/can't find my certificates?

Learners must have Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (i.e GCSEs at Grades 9-4 or A*-C, or equivalent) before starting their Henley apprenticeship.

The government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their exam certificates. If you need to obtain these qualifications before starting the programme, we can help you by placing you on a short Functional Skills programme alongside your apprenticeship. If you obtained your qualifications overseas, please send your certificates to so they can be checked against the National database.

Find out more about English and maths requirements.

How often will I be expected to attend face-to-face workshops at Henley?

The programme has 13 face-to-face workshops, including a 2-day Orientation workshop where attendance is mandatory. You will attend one face-to-face workshop per sprint (usually every 8-10 weeks).

What is off-the-job learning?

Download our essential guide to find out more about what off-the-job learning is, how much is required, and how Henley apprenticeship tutors can work with you and your line manager.

Who can I expect to meet?

As well as meeting your Programme Director, Tutors and Coaches, you will have the opportunity to mix with individuals from other companies, providing you with a wealth of insight and opportunities into how other businesses are working. In addition, you will also have access to the Henley Business School Alumni network, with over 97,000 professional people in over 160 countries.

Contact us

Lloyds Banking Group Apprenticeship Team

Contact the Apprenticeship Team to discuss your options.