Leke is a young man we are extremely proud of. With our support he has worked hard to overcome various difficulties to achieve a brilliant job in banking. As is the case for so many care leavers, it hasn’t always been easy and Leke himself would tell you that he hasn’t always been the confident, self-assured young man he is today but he has put his all into his career plan and that hard work has paid off.

Leke has recently finished a a six-month placement with Lloyds Bank at the Managing Director’s Office at Threadneedle Street. This came about due to a special partnership between Lloyds Bank and Drive Forward Foundation. Leke undertook various responsibilities during the placement from managing the MD’s office, to supporting the Brand Building Team, to engaging with customers and looking into security and risk issues at the Threadneedle Street branch.

He said: “The placement provided me with an insight into the world of retail personal banking, the experience of working in a head office environment, further enhanced my personal skills and allowed me to developed new competences. Most importantly, it gave me opportunities to help the branch network to ensure Lloyds Banking Group continues to fulfil its vision of being the best bank for its customers. The highlight of my placement was when I was assigned to co-ordinate a fundraising programme to commemorate Lloyds Bank 250th Anniversary. I raised over £700 in only four days for BBC Children in Need and received a touching certificate from the manager of the Brand Builder programme for my instrumental contributions during five conferences.

“With the help of Drive Forward Foundation I have persevered through adversity in my life and still have the determination to keep driving forward. I want to be a role model for other like-minded career driven individuals who come from disadvantaged backgrounds; and this is what the Drive Forward Foundation is, a helping hand when it’s needed most.”