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Lloyd's Community Programme

Established in 1989, Lloyd’s Community Programme is one of the longest-running business volunteering initiatives in the City.

Lloyd’s Community Programme helps individuals achieve their full potential through support from the Lloyd’s market. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities for the Lloyd’s market which support local communities and equip young people with employability skills. This feeds into the Lloyd’s talent priority, aiming to attract and retain a diverse workforce that will bring innovation to the insurance sector.

We see volunteering as a valuable way for people to use their personal and professional skills, as well as develop new ones. Our Volunteering Skills Matrix is a fantastic tool that helps individuals in the Lloyd's market identify skills development opportunities through our volunteering programmes. To formalise the benefits of volunteering, we have created a volunteering skills matrix which outlines the transferable skills that can be gained through each of our opportunities. This will help people identify the right opportunity for professional development as well as find a rewarding and enjoyable volunteer activity.

Our volunteers told us that through taking part:

  • 85% developed their ability to motivate and develop others
  • 83% felt that taking part increased their wellbeing and happiness
  • 80% improved their communication skills

To sign up for any of the below initiatives, please visit the Get Involved page.

Our Programmes

Primary School programmes delivered through our partnership with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

Reading and Numbers Partners

Volunteer for a one to one relationship with a student to develop their literacy or numeracy skills, build confidence, increase motivation and act as a role model. Students are selected who would benefit most from the programme. A DBS check and training is required.

  • Location: Local school in Tower Hamlets
  • Commitment: Ongoing – 1 lunchbreak per week/fortnight in term time
  • Volunteer skills developed: Coaching, communication, flexibility
  • Opportunity type: Education


Abacus is a financial literacy programme for 9 - 10 years olds and their parents at primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Research shows that money habits are generally formed by the age of seven, and financial behaviours are heavily influenced by family. Workshops include managing money, financial products (insurance) and relevance in workplace. Watch our Abacus video to bring this to life.

  • Location: Local school in Tower Hamlets, or celebration event at Lloyd’s
  • Commitment: 2x 90 minute workshops over an academic year 
  • Volunteer skills developed: Communication, flexibility, presentation
  • Opportunity type: Financial Literacy

Travel Bursary fund

In addition, Lloyd’s funds travel bursaries for primary schools in Tower Hamlets to enable them to undertake school trips outside of their local community; widening their horizons, increasing confidence and developing social and emotional skills. This includes residential journeys and educational trips.

Secondary School programmes are delivered through our partnership with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.


Volunteers are needed to mentor a 15-17 year old student on a one to one basis at one of our partner secondary schools and sixth forms. You will help them learn about the world of work as well as develop your coaching and leadership skills. A DBS check and training is required. Read about Daniel and Mossamma's mentoring relationship in our news section. Watch our mentoring video to bring this to life.

  • Location: Local school in Tower Hamlets or your office
  • Commitment: Ongoing – 1 hour per month from November - June
  • Volunteer skills developed: Coaching, communication, leadership
  • Opportunity type: Employability        


The Aim2Attain programme is a series of employability workshops attended by secondary school students with the support of business volunteers. The sessions aim to raise aspirations and help students realise their potential and encourage higher education and apprenticeship routes.

  • Location: Lloyd’s market companies
  • Commitment: One off – 2 hour workshop
  • Volunteer skills developed: Communication, flexibility and adaptability
  • Opportunity type: Employability


This is a facilitated practice interview programme which gives secondary school students a real interview experience based on their CV in order to help them apply for employment or higher education.

  • Location: Local school in Tower Hamlets
  • Commitment: One off – ½ day or 1 full day
  • Volunteer skills developed: Communication, flexibility and adaptability problem solving
  • Opportunity type: Employability

Support to young people post 18 is delivered through our partnership with The Brokerage.

IntoWork Mentoring

The aim of the programme is to develop the professional skills of school leavers from London boroughs by working one to one with a young person, through a series of structured mentoring meetings. They will be motivated and bright, but what they don’t necessarily have are the skills required by a City employer. Read about Tasnim and Raj's mentoring experiences here. Watch our mentoring video to bring this to life.

  • Location: Anywhere - emails, video meetings and phone calls
  • Commitment: 5x mentoring sessions July - September
  • Volunteer skills developed: Coaching, leadership, communication
  • Opportunity type: Employability    

IntoWork Conference

This conference takes place every year to provide 100 ambitious Year 13 and undergraduate students from London’s state schools with insight into careers in the insurance and financial sectors. This prepares them for applying for summer placements in the Lloyd's market and includes a range of employability sessions as well as a careers fair.  Volunteers conduct mock interviews, group assessments and give constructive feedback to candidates. Read more about the 2018 conference in our news section.

  • Location: Corporation of Lloyd’s, One Lime Street
  • Commitment: One off one day event in July
  • Volunteer skills developed: Presentation, time management, flexibility and adaptability
  • Opportunity type: Employability

Summer Placement Scheme

The summer placement scheme is aimed at young people from across London boroughs that have just completed their A Levels before they go on to higher education or into work. The paid placements across the Lloyd’s market typically last for six to eight weeks over the summer and the young people go through a rigorous selection process and receive dedicated support to ensure they get the most out of the scheme and gain employment experience. Watch our summer placement video to bring this to life. Market companies register their interest from January each year. Read more about Laurence's experiences of the programme.

Lloyd’s University Bursary Fund

In addition to our programmes with The Brokerage, through our partnership with Cambridge Heath Sixth Form, Year 13 students from our sixth form partner schools in Tower Hamlets who wish to apply for university outside of London can apply once a year for a bursary towards their university fees from Lloyd's Community Programme. The students are then supported with work placements and employability skills training whilst at university. To find out more, email

Team Challenges

Organise an event with your colleagues (groups from 10 – 100) to provide practical, hands-on support to community groups; such as improving community centres and public spaces, social events (such as tea parties with the elderly), maintaining parks and outdoor spaces, or working with young people to build an adventure playground. Team challenges are coordinated by our partner, East London Business Alliance, who help organise the event and there may be a cost involved for your business to cover tools and materials. Read about Talbot Underwriting's team challenge at Abney Park in our news section.

  • Location: East London community
  • Commitment: One off one day event
  • Volunteer Skills Developed: Team building, communication, problem solving
  • Opportunity type: Hands on

Lloyd's Community Programme

Hear more about our programmes and why you should get involved.