I’m currently working in the Retail Banking department, and I do so much on a day-to-day basis. Each call can be different: anything from transferring money for a new car to opening a savings account, and you never know what the customer is going to ask. It always makes me really proud that I’m helping them out as much as I can.
I’m equally proud to say that I’ve just finished my Foundation Apprenticeship. I’ve learned so much working here –about how banking works and why it’s so important. And considering what I knew at the start, I’ve come so far in the space of a year. I’ve had huge support and I know the opportunities are here for me to progress, so I’m already looking at my next Apprenticeship to help me go further within Barclays.
Reece, former Trainee now a Foundation Apprentice
What can I achieve at Barclays?
A lot, in fact. Our school leavers have as much responsibility as anyone else, and you’ll do real work from the start. Since we launched our apprenticeships, here’s what we’ve seen:
- Apprentices representing Barclays at the One Young World conference in Thailand and Canada
- 2.8m young people using our LifeSkills resources
- 93% of young people who join our programme stay and get their qualification
- 65% of those young people come from disadvantaged backgrounds
- 8% of those young people have no qualifications at all
For school leavers with few (or no) qualifications, our Foundation Apprenticeships are exactly that – a foundation for a rewarding and lasting career. You’ll have a job with good career progression, gain work experience and a qualification, and earn a competitive salary. Your age, background, experience or education won’t hold you back. And our support will help you explore our business and take advantage of all the many opportunities ahead – whether that’s a full-time role or a place on our Advanced Apprenticeship.
For some people, university is a bit of a non-starter. Whether it’s the expense, the pressure, the three extra years of study – it’s just not for you. But this could be. If you’ve got 80 UCAS points predicted or achieved from 2017 onwards, or 200 UCAS points or more pre-2017, then our Higher Apprenticeship might be your answer. Earn as you learn, gaining a university level or professional qualification, and hopefully building a lasting career with us.