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That unexpected opportunity. That spark of collaboration. That sense of pride when your hard work pays off. It’s these kinds of moments that will define your experience at Barclays. We’ll let our people tell you about theirs.

Ali

Analyst, Wealth Management
London

For me, one of the best ways I developed was being able to reach out to senior management, who were willing to give up their time and take me under their wing.

For me I think the most enjoyable aspect of Private Banking is the client element. Unlike other areas of Barclays, it’s all about building long-term relationships. So rather than focusing on one transaction with a client, we spend a lot of time getting to know the client – and the client gets to know us.

I was very surprised about all the skills I didn’t know after university: how to present yourself in client meetings; how to show positive body language; how to be aware of cultures when you’re meeting clients from different nationalities. These are key aspects I learnt from my mentors.

I think one of the key misconceptions I had was joining as a graduate that we would be given projects specifically made for graduates. I was surprised when, in my first week, I was given a project that was key to the business. It’s been really exciting to be a part of Barclays. You can really tell there’s a shift in focus towards growth and building a bank for the future. And as a graduate who has just joined the business, it’s a really exciting time.

Ali
Wealth Management
“For me, one of the best ways I developed was being able to reach out to senior management, who were willing to give up their time and take me under their wing.”
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Nicholas

Analyst, Markets
London

If you work hard, if you prove that you’re passionate about what you’re doing, people are definitely able to see the pressure you’re going through – and they reward it.

I joined Barclays 18 months ago and I work in the Equity Derivatives Structuring team.  Since the beginning, I’ve been part of the buddy programme, which gives you the opportunity to have a contact within the bank before starting. This gives you someone to turn to if you have any kind of question, or doubt, or just want to have a chat.


You can clearly see the technology push at Barclays, and it’s not just in terms of investment banking. It means that on a bigger project, on a bigger scale, you can see long-term changes going through and being pushed by higher management. But that doesn’t exclude the fact that, on a day-to-day basis, you can push for innovation as well. 

Markets
“If you work hard, if you prove that you’re passionate about what you’re doing, people are definitely able to see the pressure you’re going through – and they reward it.”
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Charlotte

Analyst, Corporate Banking

Through our initial training program, the continued learning and through the women’s network here, I’ve been able to participate in seminars where we get to practice presenting. It’s really good fun and has definitely increased my confidence presenting in front of people.

As a Relationship Support Manager, I work daily with the Relationship Directors, speaking to clients every day to help them with their banking queries. I specialise in insurance, which I find really interesting – particularly the Lloyds of London market. It’s really unique and unusual, and I’ve enjoyed learning how all of that works.

At the moment I’m working on my credit skills development, which is an internal piece of Barclays training. The certificate has eighteen modules and tests, teaching you all the really important stuff if you want to become a corporate banker. My manager is always encouraging me to go on the internal Barclays training system, where there is anything you could possibly want to develop, from presentation skills to seminars.

Barclays definitely has a big focus on innovation. I’m lucky enough to be working with innovation champions, who are involved with the Barclays Accelerator – which is a really cool, amazing programme that encourages FinTech firms and start-ups. We introduce our clients to them and we see how the technology that these start-ups are coming up with can be implemented. The great thing is that Barclays support the start-ups and the amazing technology they’re coming up with. So we’re able to offer it to our clients and deepen the relationships we have with them.

Corporate Banking
“Through our initial training program, the continued learning and through the women’s network here, I’ve been able to participate in seminars where we get to practice presenting. It’s really good fun and has definitely increased my confidence presenting in front of people.”
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Aankhi

Analyst, Technology
London

One of my major interests in Computer Science has been big data. That is where I wanted to drive my career and that is what I’m getting to do at Barclays

Since I was a kid I loved computers and I loved mathematics. To me, logic-driven subjects were definitely going to be my future. I studied Computer Science at university which is very logic based. I then went on to work at Barclays, which is obviously very technology-focused. They’re driving innovation and it’s a great place for me to be.

I have catch up meetings with my manager almost every week. I get to tell him not only about what I’m doing, but also what I’d like to be doing. And it’s always a two-sided conversation. I’ve received a lot of support from everyone. Everyone stops to help me, no matter how silly my questions may seem.

Every single day I’m improving my programming skills.

My team gives me a lot of respect, even though I have only been here 5 months. My manager has given me ownership of every task that I’ve done – and that’s one of the things that drives me to put forward the best work that I can.

Technology
“One of my major interests in Computer Science has been big data. That is where I wanted to drive my career and that is what I’m getting to do at Barclays”
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Tomas

Analyst, Barclaycard

I think the best thing about the graduate programme is being in a large group with so many like-minded people from many, many different places. Having that social element makes it more of a community, as well as a business.

Knowing it was a top company, I applied to Barclays straightaway. My different rotations, so far, have definitely backed up my decision – both within Barclaycard, I’ve worked in sales as well as project management.

The great thing about it is that you have an opportunity to shape the direction of the business you're in. So, for example, my current role is to adapt a feature product – and it's really interesting, particularly given the fast moving nature of the industry. As a graduate, I've received a lot of support. We help each other out, despite being across all different business units.

I really enjoy the project management aspect of what I'm doing now, so I'd like to stay within this area and develop my skills to lead my own team. If you have a strong interest in business, financial services, and being in high performing teams, then you’ll fit right in. You don't necessarily need to have an established financial background. If you want a varied, interesting business experience, this is the ideal place to learn your trade.

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“I think the best thing about the graduate programme is being in a large group with so many like-minded people from many, many different places. Having that social element makes it more of a community, as well as a business.”
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Alice

Analyst, Barclaycard
London

As a graduate, I've received a lot of support from both my line managers and the graduate resourcing and development team. I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to try out different areas of Barclays.

After spending two years in branch as a Higher Apprentice, I really wanted to deepen my knowledge of Barclays and find out what goes on behind the scenes. My rotations so far have been very interesting. The first one was within Digital, where I worked on adoption and engagement for mobile banking and online banking. My second rotation has been in new customer acquisition in Barclaycard, where I've worked on digital channels and change.

In the future, I hope to lead a highly motivated and energetic team, hopefully still working within Digital and Innovation. My advice to future graduates would be to definitely join any social groups you can. It's a great opportunity to build your experience, leverage the opportunities to network and just try out different things.

Barclaycard
“As a graduate, I've received a lot of support from both my line managers and the graduate resourcing and development team. I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to try out different areas of Barclays.”
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Aishwarya

Analyst, Barclaycard
London

What I've enjoyed most about my programme, by far, has got to be the people that I've met. I've felt that the programme in general has the right combination of on-the-job experience and advice so that you can continue to improve yourself.

I chose to apply because I wanted access to a range of skill sets and the Barclays Graduate Programme was the perfect fit. It's rotational and it really gives you the opportunity to explore different business units and roles. My first rotation was in the Corporate Bank and I am currently in my second doing strategy in Barclaycard. Both teams have given me a lot of responsibility and put a lot of trust in me and this is great for my personal development.

I've received tons of support as a graduate. Both my line managers have been great. We have regular informal chats about my developments, what I'm doing, what I'd like to be exploring. In the future, I really want to be leading a team, whether it be in a client facing role or in a strategic role. I'd 100% say apply for this programme. You're definitely going to learn a lot. It's a unique program with a rotational structure and if you're open and ready to gain the exposure across the bank, you'll gain a lot.

Barclaycard
“What I've enjoyed most about my programme, by far, has got to be the people that I've met. I've felt that the programme in general has the right combination of on-the-job experience and advice so that you can continue to improve yourself.”
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Ruby

Analyst, Barclays UK

My experience in Barclays UK has been extraordinary. I've been given real responsibility from day one and with that I've gained exposure across a lot of different business areas and have been given the opportunity to network right the way across the bank.

I chose the Barclays graduate programme because its values truly resonate with me. I also love the fact that Barclays graduate programmes are rotational in nature. And being early in my career, what's really important to me right now is getting that breadth of experience.

As a graduate, I've received a lot of support from both the graduate development team and line managers across my rotations. We've always had really good career conversations, talking about what my aspirations are and what steps I need to take to make them a reality. 

What I've really enjoyed about my programme is the opportunity to network with everyone from fellow graduates through to senior leaders. My ambitions for the future are to stay and progress my career within Barclays. My advice to any graduate would, first of all, be to think about what it is that you want to get out of the graduate programme. If you want to be challenged, if you want to develop personally and professionally, then you should definitely consider applying for the Barclays scheme   

Barclays UK
“My experience in Barclays UK has been extraordinary. I've been given real responsibility from day one and with that I've gained exposure across a lot of different business areas and have been given the opportunity to network right the way across the bank.”
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Sabry

Director, Corporate Banking

I’d say if you’re looking to work on strategy, if you’re looking to set up new businesses or to do something slightly out of the ordinary to general banking, Barclays nurtures that and supports that and it’s a great place to be.

I’ve had a great career and I’ve really enjoyed working for many brands I’ve worked for, but it is Barclays who first showed and supported me in bringing out the entrepreneurial spirit that I had and didn’t know I had. Barclays pays very close attention to ones career development plans and encourages you not just to move geography, i.e. I’d like to go and work in Africa, I’d like to work in the US in the long term. 

So take your time, explore what’s available within Barclays, and truly make a stand in picking up and learning as you go along, don’t be in a hurry to progress in title or in terms of rank, because down the line you will realize the wisdom you acquire is really valuable in taking the next step of your journey, so Barclays is a great place to acquire that wisdom.

Corporate Banking
“I’d say if you’re looking to work on strategy, if you’re looking to set up new businesses or to do something slightly out of the ordinary to general banking, Barclays nurtures that and supports that and it’s a great place to be.”
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Julie

Analyst, Research

He will pretend to be the client throughout the meeting and then at the end of the session, he will change back to my line manager and just tell me what I did well, what I answered not so well, how can I improve and also point out some knowledge points to me.

When I first joined, I think the most feedback I got from colleagues and also my line manager was that I am very technical, very good at financial modeling, very good at analysis, but when I talk to people, I sometimes feel like I need more time to get familiar with people. That is actually one focus my line manager had in my reviews, so what he did is to first do mock client interviews and mock client meetings with me. And also the most important part I think is being able to learn from him how to maintain a conversation with the client, so I think from him I learned a lot of communication skills.

While you think about one year ago I didn’t know anything about the sector, but right now I can help people understand more about food retail so I think that is the beautiful part of research, because you help people to understand more about what you understand and it’s the conveying of this message that is very value-added for me.

Research
“He will pretend to be the client throughout the meeting and then at the end of the session, he will change back to my line manager and just tell me what I did well, what I answered not so well, how can I improve and also point out some knowledge points to me.”
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Thiago

AVP, Trading
London

When you start as a graduate, even though you know quite a few things, your knowledge is very limited. I think the people who have been there for longer have a broader understanding of how things work, and that’s what it did for me.

It gave me that appreciation of it being a bigger business than just my desk, a pile of bigger functions that all need to work together.

I think it is definitely a dynamic environment. It makes it a more exciting day to come in and be able to chat, and make new friends as well. You learn more about how life is in all these parts of the world which I like. It gives you validation for your hard work. When you start, the learning curve is really steep. You have to work super hard in the beginning to learn and there are so many things happening around you. You’re expected to catch up really quickly.

Trading
“It gave me that appreciation of it being a bigger business than just my desk, a pile of bigger functions that all need to work together. ”
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Brandon

Analyst, Risk
London

I’ve been really blessed to get two great managers, they’re always happy to give their time to teach you something new, to go through something.

So when I was in fraud, you always get questions about how fraud is done or what is the latest virus out there or what is the latest threat that is happening or what is the seasonal issue that we are facing, and my manager would drag me out for a coffee somewhere and just spend an hour talking through the things that we would be facing over the next month. I remember one particular day he took me aside and spent five hours straight with me until 10pm. It was an incredible experience, because you work alongside your manager, you learn what he’s thinking, you learn how he does things which I find amazing because these are people who are giving away their time, their valuable time which could be spent working but instead they’re spending it developing us.

I could send an email to my HR manager right now and get a meeting next week for half an hour to chat through what I really want, what I really don’t want or where do I see myself rolling off, what am I good at, what am I not so good at. And that level of support to know that someone’s always there to sort of give advice and guidance and help you in your career is really valuable and that can only benefit you going forward.

Risk
“I’ve been really blessed to get two great managers, they’re always happy to give their time to teach you something new, to go through something.”
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Yun

Analyst, Trading

The start of my career here at Barclays has been very involved, very hands on with a number of projects that I’ve been working on.

One of the things that my line manager has been able to help me with is actually networking with individuals both internally and externally to the firm so that I have more business awareness of how things are shaping up in the medium and longer term. It really allows employees to feed back their thoughts and ideas around ways in which the business could be improved or the experience of individuals of young career starters can actually excel within the bank. 

In terms of the support I think HR has given there’s been workshops on how to give presentations, how to communicate effectively, how to work through problems in a logical and effective manner and those workshops initiatives have definitely helped me in shaping my career and also my ability to work effectively with others around the firm.

Yun
Trading
“The start of my career here at Barclays has been very involved, very hands on with a number of projects that I’ve been working on.”
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Sarah

Analyst, Sales

It’s enabled me to really learn on the job, get a feel for what the clients are like; I was going out to client meetings, working with the team and really coming up with solutions that helped everybody two months after joining Barclays.

So I started back in February and I was given my first set of clients in April so it was quite a shock to the system to say the least. 

I’d come out of university and gone straight into the team. And my manager really believed that I was capable of doing it, I didn’t necessarily have that belief but he put it on me and I genuinely really appreciated it. And that really made me feel as though I was welcomed into the team first of all, but also that he really trusted in my ability and really enabled me to get on with what I was doing and be a sales person rather than a graduate. 

It was when you started I started to realise actually I’m doing everything that these clients need, it wasn’t a stage where I decided that I’m really good at this, it was where I didn’t feel like I had to ask a member of my team on every single thing that came in and for me, that’s really important, it means that I’m self-sufficient in what I do but I also know that my team are there to help me with any questions when something comes in that I’ve never dealt with before and having that support is really helpful. 

Sales
“It’s enabled me to really learn on the job, get a feel for what the clients are like; I was going out to client meetings, working with the team and really coming up with solutions that helped everybody two months after joining Barclays. ”
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Lawrence

Analyst, Human Resources

You realise that you’ve got an incredible platform, incredible support to really do your best and achieve the things you need to achieve.

Well my manager always emphasised the need for me to ask as many questions as I possibly can during a meeting or any questions that I have that I need to ask them. Obviously that can be quite a challenge because when you’re new you have an infinite number of questions you want to ask and you’re engaging with people that know a lot about what they’re talking about. You’re also aware that people are busy and people know a lot more than you about stuff so might not have a huge tolerance for silly questions but what you actually what you find is people do have a tolerance for it and also that often at times you can ask a question that might be quite simple and actually leads to a productive outcome. 

Just a week or two ago we were talking about the integration of the new system that we’re releasing into the old systems. I was talking about it with a couple of quite techy individuals and again my colleague who knows a huge amount about the process but there were a couple of questions that I had going in that I didn’t feel had necessarily been covered or answered during the call. 

There’s an emphasis to have a sense of responsibility over your role and that if you’re looking back in a few months time and a problem has occurred and you think, well I thought that might happen, that that’s a reflection on you and you have to therefore take responsibility for those questions and ask them and make sure they’re acted on. Engaging with people that are on a high level all of the time really stretches you because you have to really reach to get to where they’re at or to perform well enough you know, the meet the standards you’re required to meet. 

Human Resources
“You realise that you’ve got an incredible platform, incredible support to really do your best and achieve the things you need to achieve.”
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Maurits

Associate, Banking
London

I was part of a team working on a big deal and given a lot of responsibility. It felt great to see how my work contributed.

It’s the most interesting project I’ve worked on so far. We were advising an international private equity firm on its acquisition of a listed healthcare company, and I was closely involved throughout the deal.

I got involved soon after making the move from Barclays’ Amsterdam office to the UK Mergers and Acquisitions team. International mobility is really valuable. It encourages you to go out of your comfort zone into a new country and a new team and helps you develop and keeps the work challenging and exciting. It’s definitely both at the moment. 

Mostly I work on live projects, helping with anything from company valuations to due diligence sessions and financing meetings. On top of that there are client pitches. These involve visiting the client and discussing such things as the latest industry trends, the competitive landscape or an acquisition opportunity. They really boost my understanding of the client and the industry it operates in.

Banking
“I was part of a team working on a big deal and given a lot of responsibility. It felt great to see how my work contributed.”
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Dan

Analyst, Sales
London

Graduates from Asia and Europe. People on the Retail, Corporate and Banking programmes. I met them all during my initial training. And it really helped build my network.

The more you get into your job, the more valuable that network becomes. You can get the viewpoints of people in other areas of the Bank and develop a rounded picture of products and clients so you can deliver a better service.

That kind of collaboration is particularly important in Sales. I’d describe myself as a middleman who pulls together information from various specialist teams before deciding whether large transactions are viable. I have to act fast, so it’s vital to have the right communication channels in place.

I’ve learned fast too. I was given my own clients early on in my job and the learning curve was steep to say the least as I was building relationships while also driving transactions through. But I had a lot of help and support from my team and it was a great experience that really boosted my development.

Dan
Sales
“Graduates from Asia and Europe. People on the Retail, Corporate and Banking programmes. I met them all during my initial training. And it really helped build my network.”
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Gordon

Analyst, Banking

Seeing that sort of level of enthusiasm and excitement from someone who’s been in business for seven years or ten years makes me feel really positive about being here and potentially being here for quite a long time.

Within my team there are a number of people who when I joined seemed quite intimidatingly good at their job, but you soon realize that really they’re there to help you and their abilities and their qualities are something that you can leverage and something you can really use yourself to improve as much as you possibly can. So obviously there are times when as a team you have to pull together and you have to work hard and I think the thing I’ve found most important about this within my team environment is that there really is a sense that everyone is in it together and everyone works together to get towards a common goal.

So often when I’m working with clients I’ll be working with another senior member of the team and we have different skills sets that really work together to deliver the best solution for our clients, so often I’m involved in the more technical side of things, I’m quite new and use the technical knowledge that I have to develop good knowledge around the product. The senior member who I work with will have more knowledge about the background, the industry and they hold the client relationship and manage that side of things. And that really helps because you can start feeding off each other and everyone gets a lot more excited about the work you’re doing. 

Banking
“Seeing that sort of level of enthusiasm and excitement from someone who’s been in business for seven years or ten years makes me feel really positive about being here and potentially being here for quite a long time.”
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Tom

Analyst, Trading
London

Nine weeks in Equities Trading. They helped me build great relationships and taught me a huge amount. So it was easy to say ‘yes’ to the offer of a full-time job.

What really made me want to join was the support I had during my internship, and the focus on teamwork and collaboration. Barclays also has initiatives that increase interns’ access to senior managers. It all helps to make leaders across the Bank much more approachable.

Now, as a graduate, I’ve found many other plus points. Like the exposure I’m getting, the fact that opportunities are there for the taking, and the relatively flat structure which allows everyone – from fresh graduates to those at MD level – to have their say.

On top of all that, it’s satisfying to see my work making a difference. Traders give clients liquidity and allow them to execute their orders quickly and efficiently. And because we see how the market is flowing, we can paint detailed pictures and give clients in-depth feedback on their expectations. Plus we also have access to a great research team and wider macro views. All this means better trade ideas and execution advice.    

Tom
Trading
“Nine weeks in Equities Trading. They helped me build great relationships and taught me a huge amount. So it was easy to say ‘yes’ to the offer of a full-time job.”
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Sita

Director, Banking

This is a place where you can voice your opinions and ideas – so go for it, right from day one.

I joined Barclays in 2005 on the graduate scheme. Really enjoyed it from the very start and twelve years later I still work in the same team.

I think the best thing about my journey has been the work-life balance. I’ve had three children in my time here and have been able to enjoy a rewarding career in a senior role whilst also being a mum. I’m still ambitious and keen to do more, and my experience to date has shown me that the environment at Barclays is genuinely conducive to achieving the right balance between work and family life. 

I think the overriding Barclays culture is one of openness.  It’s great how easy it is to talk to people of all seniorities across the bank, and how open people are to hearing new ideas about the business.

Our key differentiator is our people and our collaborative ethos.  We are very aware that we deliver our best results when we work as a team – this is what makes joining Barclays a truly compelling proposition.

Banking
“This is a place where you can voice your opinions and ideas – so go for it, right from day one.”
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Mat

Assistant Vice President, Corporate Banking
London

People here go out of their way to help you out and support you. Everyday, I learn something new and I really like that. The support and development I’ve received from Barclays really highlights the reason I joined and got into banking in the first place.

In my role, I work with a lot of directors, people with 15-20 years of experience and they take the time to help you get up to speed. A good example of this was when I had to ask a team member about RWA (Risk Weighted Assets). I wanted to understand more about it. It started as a quick chat across desks then they offered to spend more time with me so I understood it fully.

My line manager and team are great support and I have received a lot of guidance, especially when it comes to career planning. At times, I’ve been torn between roles but my team have helped me to see that I have lots of options and that it's important to take a broad view. They’ve suggested that I experience other areas of the bank before deciding.

The support and development I’ve received from Barclays really highlights the reason I joined and got into banking in the first place. I have a passion for citizenship and was given a Diana Award in 2008 for charity work. Barclays sponsors and supports the award, and I received an invitation to come in and have an introduction to banking day. Before that, I’d never even thought about going into banking but I was so impressed by the people I met who inspired me to apply. I’ve now finished the graduate programme and this summer, I was a line manager to an intern. It was great to get the chance to support somebody else at the start of their journey.

Mat
Corporate Banking
“People here go out of their way to help you out and support you. Everyday, I learn something new and I really like that. The support and development I’ve received from Barclays really highlights the reason I joined and got into banking in the first place.”
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Emily

Analyst, Banking

People do appreciate your work, people do want you to grow and to learn and whenever there is an opportunity to take a junior to a meeting senior people will take that.

Last year in December I did my first business trip, so I went for the first time to meet the clients and I went to Stockholm for that because I cover Scandinavian clients. And it was a great experience because obviously you work very hard on market updates, pitch books and everything but it’s just so great when you go there physically and you see the face of the client and see how your work is being presented to the client. It was only when I was six months in the firm when they let me go to an international business travel which I think is very exceptional at a very junior level.

I noticed it from the moment I did the interview process and the assessment centre and then the summer internship, the people in general are really there to help you and they really want you to reach your highest potential.

Banking
“People do appreciate your work, people do want you to grow and to learn and whenever there is an opportunity to take a junior to a meeting senior people will take that.”
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Humphrey

Analyst, Barclays UK
London

As graduates, we are able to attend a lot of training and even do qualifications if we want. We're can also take part in lots of events put on by other grads and by Barclays itself, which is a great opportunity to meet different people.

The Barclaycard Graduate Programme is a great place to start a career. Being part of an organisation like this is extremely helpful, and having the chance to work across the business, I think, is a great start. My first rotation was in the Personal Bank, where I was researching the evolving Fintech landscape and trying to decide where this might affect Barclays. The second rotation, which I'm currently on, is in Barclaycard.  

The thing I've enjoyed most about the grad scheme is the chance to work in different areas of the bank. I have developed my skills and received support from my team and colleagues while doing so. My advice to someone applying would be to do a lot of reading about Barclays as a whole, not just the area that you’re applying for. Approach the grad scheme with an open mind.

Barclays UK
“As graduates, we are able to attend a lot of training and even do qualifications if we want. We're can also take part in lots of events put on by other grads and by Barclays itself, which is a great opportunity to meet different people.”
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Jane

Essential Banker, former Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
Sunderland

Before joining Barclays, I was very low in confidence and felt no employer would give me a chance to prove I was capable. When I came across this opportunity with Barclays, all of this changed.

What were you doing before you joined Barclays as an Apprentice?

When I was 15, my local optician noticed some abnormalities to the retina at the back of my eye. I had been having problems for a few years previously so I was pleased I was finally being taken seriously. Eventually, I was diagnosed with a rare condition called Stargardt’s disease.

I didn’t have a very positive experience throughout my final years at school, which meant I didn’t achieve the exam results I had hoped for. I started doing voluntary work for a charity in Newcastle, Henshaws Society for Blind People. Working with people there showed me that I was just as capable as anyone else at getting a job, and it gave me the confidence to apply for the apprenticeship with Barclays.  

How has Barclays supported you?

I disclosed I had a disability during the interview stage of my application and from then, Barclays couldn’t do enough to help.

I finished my apprenticeship a few years ago and I now work as an Essential Banker in one of the UK branches. My day-to-day role involves assisting customers with their everyday banking needs.

I manage to do my job just the same as my colleagues, I just need a few extra tools. I use an electronic magnifier and magnification software on my computer. 

I could not fault Barclays as an employer, there’s nothing else they could’ve possibly done to help me. 

What’s your advice to someone in a similar situation to yours?

I would recommend the Barclays apprenticeship scheme to anyone, despite whether they have a disability or not. It is a great opportunity and Barclays is a great company to work for.

Apprenticeships
“Before joining Barclays, I was very low in confidence and felt no employer would give me a chance to prove I was capable. When I came across this opportunity with Barclays, all of this changed. ”
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Jamala

Branch Manager, former Apprentice, Apprenticeships

This opportunity has helped me grow so much as a person. It’s made me see things so differently. It’s grown my confidence, and helped me achieve a lot in my life.

What were you doing before you joined Barclays?

I didn’t have the best start to life. I lost my mother at a young age and at age 14 I was kicked out of my father’s house. After that, I went slightly off the rails and ended up hanging around with a gang. While I was living with my older brother, I realised I needed to make a change. I found outlets in music, sports and drama, and things began to pick up at school. I did quite well in my GCSEs but, due to financial pressures, university wasn’t an option. Fortunately, with Barclays I found the opportunity to make a living without compromising my education.

Tell us about your time on the programme

I’ve recently graduated from the Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship. It’s an incredible feeling and looking back at the journey – it’s nothing short of phenomenal. I’ve achieved a 2:1 in my degree, managed a branch of my own, and attended a global summit in Thailand.

My first year was spent working in branches, learning how the retail business works and how to help customers with their day-to-day needs. In my second year I was appointed the Assistant Manager of Canary Wharf, which is arguably our highest profile branch in the UK. This gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills. My third year was the most exciting, because I was given the chance to be a Branch Manager. It was difficult, but I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.

What kinds of opportunities have opened up for you?

As well as the work achievements, I’ve been able to progress my community youth initiatives outside of work. I also got to attend the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, which brought together 1,000 young leaders from 196 countries to discuss global events. I even got to meet Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof.

What’s next for you?

I have a great foundation for my future, and a good picture of what I want to do over the next three years. My next role will be in the mortgage team, and I’ll be studying for a specific qualification. Once I get this, I hope to continue my journey into leadership in the mortgage world.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying?

I’d tell them to just do it. The apprenticeship will change your life more than you could ever imagine. And don’t let your background hold you back - I’m proof that Barclays really does value diversity.

 

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Afam

Former Trainee, now a Higher Apprentice, Apprenticeships
Liverpool

It’s been a life-changing experience. I have been put in a position that I could have only dreamt of, and I’ve made my family so proud.

Before joining Barclays on my traineeship, I had certain ideas about what an apprenticeship would be. I didn’t think it would be real, actual work. But I was so wrong. Since I started, I’ve entered such a buzzing environment, full of ambitious people.

And that’s driven me too – from Traineeship to Foundation to Advanced to Higher, I’ve kept moving forward. Now I’ve been put in a position that I could only have dreamed of four years ago. I’m even working to support other bankers in my department.

I feel that the future is bright at Barclays and already so many doors have opened for me. With this level of opportunity, it’s obvious that I’ve made the right choice. Once I finish my Higher Apprenticeship, I’m going to work hard to secure a leadership position, because I know I can add value and feel valued here.

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“It’s been a life-changing experience. I have been put in a position that I could have only dreamt of, and I’ve made my family so proud.”
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Lewis

Apprentice, Apprenticeships

I didn’t think I’d be able to get a job anywhere, because I left school early. But Barclays has given me a chance to shine.

Please tell us about your time with Barclays so far

I’ve recently completed my Foundation Apprenticeship, and I’m ready to move onwards and upwards in my new role as an Administration Assistant. I’ve learnt a lot of new jobs, I’m confident in my role, and I’m ready to learn more.

As well as the admin work I do, I get involved in a lot of charity days, which is great. It’s amazing to help people in need. I also work with the Digital Eagles, and I’ve been able to work on the Coding playground. Things like this make working here even more interesting.

What have been your biggest achievements to date?

Probably my biggest achievement was passing my NVQ tests and becoming a full administration assistant. I’m really proud of this. I also enjoyed getting up on stage to receive one of the awards that Barclays won at a national apprenticeship awards night.

What has the apprenticeship meant to you personally?

It’s helped me so much. I now see a brighter future ahead of me. I feel like I’m going to get far in life, where before I started I didn’t really have much hope in myself. In the short term, my goal is to progress further within the company. My long-term goal is to buy my own house.

In your opinion, what does it take to succeed on the programme?

I think it’s about your attitude about the programme. You need a good attitude, and you need to be willing to learn. It’s also important to have lots of respect for your colleagues and customers.

Having completed one, would you recommend a Barclays Apprenticeship?

I absolutely would. It helps people get on their feet, and gives them a happy future to look forward to. The working environment is very nice, and there are lovely people here. You get loads of support too.

What advice would you give anyone thinking of applying?

It’s a brilliant place to work, so just be happy and positive. Have a good attitude, and be respectful with whatever you do.

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Kelly

Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I’ve gone from being unemployed and job searching to full-time employment, learning every day, and being pushed to better myself.

How did you end up applying for a Barclays’ apprenticeship?

Before Barclays, I was jumping from job to job. At one point, I’d been unemployed for over six months. It all changed when I was put forward for the programme through Jobcentre. Because of my work history, Barclays recommend I took their traineeship first. I was quite relieved, because I knew I needed to build my interview skills and knowledge of customer service. The training lasted a few weeks, and it gave me a lot of confidence. There’s no question it helped me get a place on the apprenticeship.

Tell us about your time with Barclays so far

It’s been amazing. I’ve learned so much about myself and about retail banking. My team has always been so supportive, and they made me feel welcome from day one. My current role is all about dealing with customers’ everyday banking needs – whether that’s paying in cash or finding a better banking option. I love working with all different kinds of customers and colleagues.

What has the apprenticeship meant to you?

Since joining, I’ve been able to achieve many goals that were pretty impossible before. I’ve learnt how to save and handle money, and I’ve been able to start saving for my own property. Personally, it’s changed how I see everything. I feel I have a long future here, and I have confidence now that I’ll achieve my dreams.

What kinds of opportunities have opened up?

When I think about what I want to do next, I can see endless opportunities. There are so many different routes I could take. I could become a specialist or a manager, or I could choose to further my apprenticeship. I know that, whatever I choose, my managers will support and push me to get me where I want to be.

In your opinion, what does it take to succeed on the programme?

I’d say the most valuable skills are motivation, determination, a positive attitude and the drive to succeed. You need to be dedicated and willing to learn too, and confident in yourself and your colleagues.

What advice would you give anyone thinking of applying?

My advice is for future apprentices is ‘GO FOR IT!’ It’s changed my life, and it could do the same for you. I’ve never felt as comfortable within a working environment as I have here, and the support I’ve received has been incredible. I feel very grateful for having this opportunity to sustain a career with Barclays.

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Doris

Former Foundation Apprentice and current Advanced Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

There’s honestly something special about the Barclays programmes. You get great training, but there are also constant opportunities for you to give back – to share the knowledge you’ve already built up over your career. That’s not something you find at other banks – and certainly not for over 25s.

After being made redundant by the Post Office, I was volunteering as a receptionist at Camden Community Centre. We were near the local Jobcentre, and it was there that I found a leaflet about the Barclays Apprenticeship scheme. It sounded like an interesting opportunity, so I asked if I’d be eligible.

Since making that first leap, my day-to-day has been completely turned around.  Running a till in Barclays’ Edgware Road branch, I look after all kinds of customers and their needs. I credit funds, authorise transfers, order debit cards, print statements, and generally look to give everyone a great experience here. And that’s a brilliant experience for me in return.

There’s honestly something special about the Barclays programmes. You get great training, but there are also constant opportunities for you to give back – to share the knowledge you’ve already built up over your career. That’s not something you find at other banks – and certainly not for over 25s.

I’ve just finished the Foundation programme, and I can safely say it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve given my career new life. From nowhere, I’ve learned all about Financial Services, and my new knowledge of banking is all thanks to Barclays’ training. That’s how I know I’ll keep growing as I join the Advanced programme this year.


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“There’s honestly something special about the Barclays programmes. You get great training, but there are also constant opportunities for you to give back – to share the knowledge you’ve already built up over your career. That’s not something you find at other banks – and certainly not for over 25s.”
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Brian

Former Foundation Apprentice and current Advanced Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I can’t believe the leaps forward I’ve made here. Apart from my recent graduation, I’ve also won awards for my service, and spoken to audiences from MPs to heads of industry.

I’ve worked in a wide variety of industries over my life, from IT Management to Air Traffic Control. But then, almost overnight, I found myself unemployed and my life pretty much ground to a halt. I was applying for jobs and getting nowhere, and I’d started to seriously believe I’d never work again.

Then my work coach in the Jobcentre mentioned Barclays Apprenticeships. It immediately piqued my interest, and I was one of the first to join the programme.

Before, I was just trying to fill my days – but now they’re jam-packed. I spend most of my time in the banking hall, helping customers with queries, maintaining the self-service machines, and guiding people through our new technology. I even man the hot desk for our personal bankers, and that’s seen me learn a lot more about other aspects of the banking world.

I can’t believe the leaps forward I’ve made here. Apart from my recent graduation, I’ve also won awards for my service, and spoken to audiences from MPs to heads of industry.

Honestly, if someone had told me the things I’d achieve at this point in life, I never would have believed them. The Barclays Apprenticeship has absolutely restored my faith in myself and my abilities. It’s truly something special.


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“I can’t believe the leaps forward I’ve made here. Apart from my recent graduation, I’ve also won awards for my service, and spoken to audiences from MPs to heads of industry.”
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Atif

Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

Choosing this apprenticeship was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. There are so many opportunities here, and I feel that my future is secure.

How did you end up applying for the programme?

After my A-Levels, I was studying Professional Accounting. I was in my second year, and had just taken my January exams, but I’d started to feel that university just wasn’t for me. I decided to leave to find a new opportunity. In particular, I was keen on securing an apprenticeship. When I started looking on all the various websites, this one jumped out at me.

Can you tell us about your time with Barclays so far?

So far it’s great. It’s exactly what I wanted – being able to learn and perform on the job. When I first arrived I spent time learning what my department does and the different types of processes and stakeholders. I quickly started to be given responsibility, which really helped me feel part of the team.

What kind of work are you doing at the moment?

My team is responsible for managing all the value added features that are packaged with bank accounts or purchased from the Barclays Feature Store. We value our customers very highly, and we always look to give them the products they value, along with the best possible experience. As part of this, we manage our vendors and suppliers quite closely. I visit colleagues in various branches too, because they’re the ones who actually offer our products to the customers.

What have been your biggest achievements to date?

I’ve gained the confidence to pick work up and drive projects. I’ve completed a few big deliverables during my time here, and I’ve received great recognition for this. I’m also proud that I was able to finish my apprenticeship qualification within a very short time. It’s great that you can progress at your own pace here.

In a few words, why would you recommend the Barclays Apprenticeship?

Because it’s the chance to kick-start your career by gaining experience while studying for a qualification. You’ll have loads of opportunities to study further and work in different business areas. There’s no better way to start your career – and it’s all debt free.

What’s next for you?

My short-term goal is to get set and become a subject matter expert within my role. Long term, I plan to enrol on a new scheme that will allow me to study and gain a degree. I’ve got a lot to look forward to here.

Finally, what would you say it takes to succeed on the programme?

A good attitude is always important, and you must at all times be willing to learn. It’s also key to voice your opinion and network whenever you can, because it helps to get your face out there.

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Sophie

Higher Apprentice - Human Resources, Higher Apprenticeships
London

One of the aspects I’ve really enjoyed is meeting new people, the chance to meet someone new every day, I love that.

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“One of the aspects I’ve really enjoyed is meeting new people, the chance to meet someone new every day, I love that.”
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Shanice

Higher Apprentice - Leadership and Management, Higher Apprenticeships
London

I get a lot more support than I expected. I’m able to sit down with my manager and talk about how I want to develop and move as quickly as I’m able to. If I want to progress quickly, I’ll be able to - the only thing stopping me is me.

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“I get a lot more support than I expected. I’m able to sit down with my manager and talk about how I want to develop and move as quickly as I’m able to. If I want to progress quickly, I’ll be able to - the only thing stopping me is me.”
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Ross

Higher Apprentice - Relationship Management, Higher Apprenticeships
London

Before I joined the programme I was working for Barclays already as a cashier. I always really enjoyed building a rapport with customers and joining the programme was the opportunity to do that still but on a higher level.

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“Before I joined the programme I was working for Barclays already as a cashier. I always really enjoyed building a rapport with customers and joining the programme was the opportunity to do that still but on a higher level.”
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Natalie

Higher Apprentice, Leadership and Management , Apprenticeships
London

Barclays helped me transition from Foundation to Higher, but they also support me with the other huge part of my life – caring for my mum.

I felt like I didn’t have a purpose before I started working at Barclays. I’d already been my mum’s primary carer since I was 12, then my little brother passed away when I was 15, and I just lost all focus. I was very lost and I’d almost just become a shell of the person I was. 

But Barclays helped me find my direction again. I completed my Foundation Apprenticeship first of all, but I knew I didn’t want to stop upskilling myself. I saw how much I’d grown as a person on the Foundation programme, and how the Higher Apprenticeship would help me grow into the woman I knew I could be.

I’m now studying for a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership, and I’ve got a brilliant support network around me. Barclays helped me transition from Foundation to Higher, but they also support me with the other huge part of my life – caring for my mum.


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“Barclays helped me transition from Foundation to Higher, but they also support me with the other huge part of my life – caring for my mum.”
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Nicola

AVP Technical Analytics, Global Finance

When applying to the Barclays graduate scheme, I used my extensive experience in Enactus to answer the interview questions. The examples I could give for different competencies were strong and unique, so my involvement in Enactus was instrumental in getting onto the scheme.

Barclays are now an active sponsor of Enactus, so we asked Nicola Armstrong – an Assistant Vice President in Technical Analytics at Barclays  - to give us an insight into her involvement with the society.

‘In my first year at Nottingham University I came across Enactus at a University Society fair. It presented a great opportunity to give back to the community in a sustainable way by creating social enterprises. The proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,’ embodies for me what their projects are all about.

I joined the project Future for Jaffna, now a UK registered charity. The aim was to help relieve poverty in Northern Sri Lanka, working with widows whom had been affected by the recent civil war. We visited the region in the summer of 2011, and through partnership with an NGO, began supporting widows in building their own businesses to increase income. The charity is still active and supporting Northern Sri Lanka today.

The whole experience gave me the courage to set up my own project, leveraging my skills in team management and leadership. I set up a local project in Nottingham to support some of the most vulnerable women in the city. One of the key successes of the project was the publication of a compilation of life stories written by the women. That was a significant milestone in building their confidence and self-esteem; a fundamental building block in giving them the courage to build a new future.

Whilst at university I chose to dedicate my summer to our Enactus projects rather than an internship. I was concerned this was a risk: internships are seen as an essential step to getting onto a top graduate scheme and if you did not get one, chances of gaining a place were slimmer. However, when applying to the Barclays graduate scheme, I used my extensive experience in ENACTUS to answer the interview questions. The examples I could give for different competencies were strong and unique, so my involvement in Enactus was instrumental in getting onto the scheme.

The whole Enactus experience gave me the confidence and work ethic to hit the ground running when I joined Barclays. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in business and entrepreneurship, whilst giving back to society. I think if you’re passionate about social enterprise and helping people in need, and if you’re looking to develop key skills in a way that honestly does not feel like work, this is the society for you.'

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Shannon

Former Foundation Apprentice and current HIgher Apprentice, Apprenticeships
Coventry

My current manager has regular catch ups with me to see how I’m getting on, and sometimes I think he has more belief in me than I do! I’ve always got someone looking out for me, making sure I’ve got time to study and putting me up for opportunities.

Before I started at Barclays, I was studying Performance and Media Studies at college – and I was also trying to balance that with weekend jobs. I’d been looking around, but I hadn’t really found a company where I could see myself in a full-time career.

Then I heard about Barclays and the Foundation Apprenticeship. The bank had a strong reputation, and I knew that if I worked really hard, there would be plenty of opportunities there for me. I’d be able to move from one programme into the next, and make my way wherever I wanted to go.

Now that I’m moving through the bank, that’s proved to be more accurate than I could have guessed. One stand-out moment for me is definitely when I became a Team Leader – particularly because I was only 20 at the time. I think that’s really down to my own Team Leader - she supported me throughout my programme, and I learned so much both from her and from the team around me.

There’s genuinely no other company I know who would invest so much time and money in the future leaders of their business. The kind of support on offer makes sure we’re leading the way for our teams – and it feels like real faith in us as individuals too.


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Christian

Higher Apprentice in Leadership and Management, Apprenticeships
London

I’ve had some massive opportunities to influence and make a huge difference to Barclays, even after only being in the bank and on the programme for six months. The belief you get from senior leadership is incredible, and makes me so proud.

I was actually studying for a BTEC Sports qualification and training as a footballer before I came to Barclays - but I knew I wanted to study a business based degree. Looking at my options, university seemed a clear choice, but I was worried about what it would mean financially. More than that, I knew it would be difficult to get onto a business degree with my sports qualifications.

Then I started looking at Barclays Apprenticeships, and I saw that I’d be able to study for a degree and work at the same time. I could develop the leadership and management skills I’d already learned, apply them to business, and develop myself into a leader on a larger scale. On top of all that, I’d be earning a salary and my studies would be funded – so it really ticked every box for me.

Today, I’m an Assistant Manager in one of Barclays’ London branches. Together with my team, we keep everything running smoothly from day to day – whether that’s guiding customers, supporting colleagues, monitoring feedback, or maintaining the machinery and technology that keeps our branch running.

I’ve learned so many different skills and lessons – not just through my studies. Things like how to act in certain situations; how to lead people and get the best out of everyone; how to have constructive conversations about developing a colleague’s skills. And I’ve even had the chance to spend eight weeks on a work group with senior colleagues, developing Barclays’ new Truly Connected Finance strategy.

You feel a part of something here. People really do want to see you achieve great things and they push you to get there. That’s what makes it special - and way more than just an apprenticeship.

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“I’ve had some massive opportunities to influence and make a huge difference to Barclays, even after only being in the bank and on the programme for six months. The belief you get from senior leadership is incredible, and makes me so proud.”
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Cordelia

Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I had looked at Apprenticeships before, but I’d never found one I thought would be perfect for me. Then I came across Barclays Apprenticeships. I wanted somewhere with a lot of room for growth and stability – and I knew Barclays could provide me with just that.

When I finished secondary school, I felt sure fashion was the path I wanted to follow. I enrolled in college to study Business for Fashion Retail, and I worked part time in a clothes shop alongside that. But I was never completely happy. I was struggling with the balance of work and college, and to be honest, I’d lost the passion for what I wanted to do.

Obviously banking wasn’t something I was used to at all, so I can’t say I didn’t have doubts. I was nervous about making that kind of decision – something so different from what I’d studied. But looking back, I have to say, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Today, I’m an Essential Banker within Barclays – which means I help customers with their day-to-day transactions, whether that’s navigating our in-branch devices or using our counter services.

Whilst I work full-time, I’m also studying for my certificate in Retail Banking – and Barclays makes that so much easier to manage. Where I’d previously struggled with that kind of life balance, I’ve now got a talent coach to help keep me on my journey.

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“I had looked at Apprenticeships before, but I’d never found one I thought would be perfect for me. Then I came across Barclays Apprenticeships. I wanted somewhere with a lot of room for growth and stability – and I knew Barclays could provide me with just that. ”
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Craig

Higher Apprentice in Group Finance, Apprenticeships
London

I’ve actually worked at Barclays for most of my adult life, but before that, I studied for a BTEC in Music Technology, and a BSc in Music Technology. The only problem was, I needed more financial stability, so in the end, I couldn’t complete my studies.

I joined Barclays for the chance to progress my career and earn a good living – then I discovered the Group Finance Higher Apprenticeship. Having already worked in branch, I wanted a new challenge, and this would be the chance to learn how the mechanics of our financial operations actually work. On top of that, it would be the chance to get the professional qualification I’d always wanted.

You’ll share the same office as senior management. You’ll build a network of colleagues. And you’ll be part of a large group of apprentices and graduates, all in the same boat as you. Everyone’s so supportive.

Before I started the programme, I had no experience of the work I’d do – the spreadsheets, the analytical models, the core reporting tools involved. I’ve had to learn a lot of new skills and techniques, both for my day-to-day work and for my studies. I’ve had plenty of mentoring to get there though, and now I’m even supported to mentor others.

Honestly, gaining this kind of first-hand experience has been a total revelation. I’m not a “usual” apprentice by any means – a Music Tech student applying for Finance – but that’s the great thing. The Higher Apprenticeship is open to you if you’re willing to learn and work hard.

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Ellis

Higher Apprentice currently working in Risk, Apprenticeships
London

I have bi-weekly one-to-one meetings with my manager, just to chat about my personal development and discuss what I’m working on. And when it comes to university assignments, our lecturers are really responsive and available too.

When I was at Sixth Form, my school very much encouraged students to go to top universities. Obviously, when my friends started to celebrate their offers, they asked me if I got in – and they were totally astounded when I explained about Barclays Apprenticeships.

I don’t think they could really believe that I was applying for an apprenticeship programme at one of the UK’s top banks, with paid work, professional experience and a degree all wrapped into it. Right now, I’m working in Group Risk, with responsibilities across three very different teams: People Risk, Group Fraud, and Chief of Staff. I’ve had all kinds of incredible moments within my role – things like helping the People Risk team run workshops with senior leaders, and helping the Fraud team co-ordinate training for the whole organisation.

I have bi-weekly one-to-one meetings with my manager, just to chat about my personal development and discuss what I’m working on. And when it comes to university assignments, our lecturers are really responsive and available too.

With so much to do, it means that from day to day, I’m learning all kinds of skills: risk management, scenario analysis, working with stakeholders - and even strengthening my emotional intelligence. Considering I joined Barclays when I had only just turned 18, with no financial services experience – or even office experience – I’ve had so much support. On my first day I was told ‘no question is a stupid question,’ and to this very day, if I have a question I ask it.

For me, this programme offers a truly unique experience. There’s a range of different challenges and responsibilities, senior leadership exposure, and a fast-paced team environment. I’m coming to the end of my Apprenticeship now, but I’m already looking to secure a permanent role here with Barclays’ support – so I know I’ve got an exciting career ahead of me.

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Genelle

Higher Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I’ve actually worked at Barclays for more than 10 years – first as a Cashier, then as a Moment Banker. I was eager to progress my career, but I made the decision to stay on in Retail until my children were old enough to give me more flexibility.

When I first came across the Higher Apprenticeship programme through the Barclays intranet, it was a bit of a miracle. I was giving some serious thought to moving on, continuing my studies and getting a degree, but I didn’t know how I’d juggle it or afford it. Then I found this programme.

It’s amazing that as a Barclays colleague, all these opportunities are right at your feet. There’s nothing to stop you from going for it, and the Higher Apprenticeship programme is just the thing to get you on your journey. Everyone has a chance at getting a place, and once you’re there, the level of support is overwhelming. Your background, your age, your department – all of that just doesn’t matter.

Even at application stage, you’ve got incredible support on your side. There’s a whole team to help you manage the transition into your new role, and to help you plan for the future. What makes it special for me is how we’re all treated. From being a Cashier to being a Moment Banker to being an Apprentice, it’s clear that Barclays genuinely cares – and that means everything. 

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“I’ve actually worked at Barclays for more than 10 years – first as a Cashier, then as a Moment Banker. I was eager to progress my career, but I made the decision to stay on in Retail until my children were old enough to give me more flexibility. ”
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Hannah

Higher Apprentice, Relationship Management , Apprenticeships
Ipswich

I can see endless opportunities, with so many different routes I could take. I’m learning so much about myself throughout the whole process, and I hope that one day I can progress into Leadership and Management.

Before I started at Barclays, life had been a bit up and down for me. I’d suffered with my mental health, and I’d been in and out of hospital during my time at high school and college. My studies had taken longer because of that, so after I got my A Levels, I decided to take a year out to look properly at my career path and work out what to do next. 

During that year, I came across the Barclays Apprenticeship programme, and I knew it would provide me with endless opportunities. I’d already worked for a major retailer during my year off, so I knew I loved building a rapport with customers. This would be the chance to do that at a higher level. 

I can see endless opportunities, with so many different routes I could take. I’m learning so much about myself throughout the whole process, and I hope that one day I can progress into Leadership and Management.

Right now, I’m on the Relationship Management Higher Apprenticeship, working in the Corporate sector. As well as working for an industry-recognised degree-level banking qualification, I also work alongside Relationship Directors to help them manage their clients and grow our business. I’m there for anything my colleagues need to help them build strong client relationships. Sometimes I’ll even get involved in voluntary projects – like representing Barclays at WE Day in Wembley Arena. 

What makes Barclays special is the fact that they make you feel special too. You’re not just a number among hundreds of thousands of employees; you are you, and you bring your own unique spark to the ever evolving world of Barclays.

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“I can see endless opportunities, with so many different routes I could take. I’m learning so much about myself throughout the whole process, and I hope that one day I can progress into Leadership and Management.”
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Nicola

Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
Liverpool

That opportunity came along in the form of Barclays Apprenticeships. They were looking for mature people to join the team, and when I talked to my family, they agreed it would be a great new challenge – and a better future for all of us.

I’m a mother of six children – four boys and two girls. I was getting to the point where my children were getting that little bit older; a bit more independent, and I knew it was time for me to look at finding a career I could grow in.

That opportunity came along in the form of Barclays Apprenticeships. They were looking for mature people to join the team, and when I talked to my family, they agreed it would be a great new challenge – and a better future for all of us.

Looking back, I was so nervous – so unsure of myself – but I think that’s only natural. I’d never done or applied for anything like this. But I knew I was doing the right thing. I wasn’t going to turn down this chance to gain a qualification and brighten my future.

Today, I’m on a Foundation Apprenticeship in Liverpool’s Sky Branch, and I’m so proud to be here. The skills I’ve learned, the tasks I take on from day to day – they make me a more confident person. And I think a lot of that is down to the supportive colleagues around me.

With their help, I’ve proved to myself that I can do this – that I can do my job, study for a qualification, and balance my family life. And now that I know it’s possible, I’m excited for what else I can achieve. I want to grow here, and pass on what I’ve learned to other apprentices on their journey.  

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“That opportunity came along in the form of Barclays Apprenticeships. They were looking for mature people to join the team, and when I talked to my family, they agreed it would be a great new challenge – and a better future for all of us.”
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Paul

Former Trainee and current Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I wasn’t really enjoying college. I needed something that would give me practical skills; not just theory. So I made a decision I’ll never regret, and applied to Barclays.

Before I started my traineeship at Barclays, I was a full-time college student. My daily routine was waking up, going to school, going home, going to bed. But I wanted to know what the real world was like – so I knew I had to get into my first job.

When I first read about it, one of the things that interested me most about Barclays was the progression. The idea that each apprenticeship can run on straight into another opportunity, so that you’re never stuck or uncertain about where your career is leading.

Sure enough, after finishing my Traineeship here, I went straight onto the Foundation programme. Three months in, I’m helping customers, doing transfers, recommending insurance – and I’ve even won an award for demonstrating Barclays’ values.

I think next I’d like to move into Moment Banking, but whatever I do, I know I can be who I want to be here. Everyone can find their own success at Barclays.

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“I wasn’t really enjoying college. I needed something that would give me practical skills; not just theory. So I made a decision I’ll never regret, and applied to Barclays.”
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Reece

Foundation Apprentice, Apprenticeships
Liverpool

Before I started at Barclays, I had just left school after finishing my GCSEs. I was at a bit of a loose end, to be fair. Life was good, but I wasn’t doing much and wanted to start something new – something I’d enjoy. I knew I wanted to try and find a good apprenticeship rather than going back to school or college. Then I found Barclays.

If I’m honest, I didn’t think a well-known bank would want someone who’s just fresh out of school. But, you know, there’s no harm in applying, so I did it and hoped for the best. And I’m so glad I did.

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.

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“Before I started at Barclays, I had just left school after finishing my GCSEs. I was at a bit of a loose end, to be fair. Life was good, but I wasn’t doing much and wanted to start something new – something I’d enjoy. I knew I wanted to try and find a good apprenticeship rather than going back to school or college. Then I found Barclays. ”
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Sam

Higher Apprentice in Internal Audit, Apprenticeships
London

When it comes to the skills and lessons I’ve learned, there are literally too many to name. I learn several new things every day, and that’s been ever since I’ve joined the bank.

To be completely honest, I never thought my application would go anywhere. Why would a bank hire me? I didn’t think I’d get a call back, let alone get the job. After all, my experience of audit in the past was very limited. I did do a little bit of it in the Navy, but nothing like what I’m working on now.

My role initially was to assist on Audits, but I was quickly given my own responsibilities, and now my day to day is the same as any other auditor in the office. At the same time, I also organise training, deliver presentations, and meet with stakeholders – as well as managing my studies. It’s a big challenge, but I’ve had a lot of support, and I know now that I want to stay in this department for as long as they’ll have me – even after my Higher Apprenticeship ends.  

I think once you start, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, really. For me, a highlight was the One Young World Summit. Barclays selected me as one of their twelve delegates, and I went all the way to Ottawa to hear from world leaders and to meet young people from all over the globe. It was my first trip away, and it set the bar pretty high for what I’ll achieve in the future.

Sam
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“When it comes to the skills and lessons I’ve learned, there are literally too many to name. I learn several new things every day, and that’s been ever since I’ve joined the bank.”
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Stephen

Higher Apprentice, Leadership and Management, Apprenticeships
London

Before Barclays, I served in the British Army as a Corporal – a Chef in charge of catering within both the sergeants’ and officers’ messes. I’d joined the Army at 16, and I completed almost 18 years, before being medically discharged in 2015. After being injured, I knew that career was over, and I would have to start looking for a new one.

Luckily for me, Barclays’ AFTER programme is designed to help ex-members of the Armed Forces find work within the civilian world. At one of the AFTER meetings, I found out about the Apprenticeship programmes, and I was interested immediately. This was the chance to use my skills and gain new qualifications.

I hadn’t had a job interview since I was 16, so I was pretty nervous. I remember wondering why they’d want me over someone younger. I wasn’t even sure my skills were transferable to banking. But as the process went on, the staff worked to build my confidence, and I started to realise I had a lot to offer.

The Higher Apprenticeship has obviously been a big change for me. After almost 18 years in the military, I’ve had to adopt my style to the civilian world. But my team and my management couldn’t be better or more experienced when it comes to guiding me in that. I’m loving every challenge that comes my way.

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“Before Barclays, I served in the British Army as a Corporal – a Chef in charge of catering within both the sergeants’ and officers’ messes. I’d joined the Army at 16, and I completed almost 18 years, before being medically discharged in 2015. After being injured, I knew that career was over, and I would have to start looking for a new one. ”
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Genelle

HIgher Apprentice, Apprenticeships
London

I helped my team complete a deep dive into our decentralized cost centres, so that we can better understand the costs going out of them and the resources working under them. It’s the first time the team have ever embarked on a project like this, so I feel like I'm part of something that will go onto help more senior colleagues in the future.

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“I helped my team complete a deep dive into our decentralized cost centres, so that we can better understand the costs going out of them and the resources working under them. It’s the first time the team have ever embarked on a project like this, so I feel like I'm part of something that will go onto help more senior colleagues in the future.”
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Brian

Advanced Appentice, Apprenticeships
London

I feel quite proud to have been told by my branch manager that within a few weeks of joining, she could see and feel a difference in the branch. She told me that I was having a calming influence on the younger members of staff and that they were watching me and learning how to manage difficult situations.

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“I feel quite proud to have been told by my branch manager that within a few weeks of joining, she could see and feel a difference in the branch. She told me that I was having a calming influence on the younger members of staff and that they were watching me and learning how to manage difficult situations.”
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Paul

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London

Within three months of joining the programme, I’m really happy to say I won an award for my work. It was because at the end of my shift, I took the time out to help an elderly customer with dementia find his way home. Barclays’ values were one of the main reasons I joined, and I feel like I have the chance to embody those values.

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“Within three months of joining the programme, I’m really happy to say I won an award for my work. It was because at the end of my shift, I took the time out to help an elderly customer with dementia find his way home. Barclays’ values were one of the main reasons I joined, and I feel like I have the chance to embody those values.”
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Julie

Assistant Vice President, Quantitative Analytics
London

Changing systems, pricing and models. Resolving issues. Validating results. That project gave me great confidence.

It centred on migrating some trades from one system to another and many teams were involved. It took a year, was very consuming, but also really rewarding. My three and a half years here have been full of challenges like that. They’ve taught me the importance of team spirit and thinking beyond the obvious.

I’ve been in a number of Quantitative Analytics teams since I joined. Now I work with the Trading and control functions to produce accurate, fast pricing for derivative products. I also coordinate with IT to deliver robust and efficient pricing and hedging tools to the desk. My role is very technical and quantitative, and the environment is really fast paced.

I’m very proud of how I have developed when interacting with other teams like Trading and IT. It’s important to communicate clearly and accurately to keep everything on track. Luckily there’s a really strong sense of teamwork and cooperation at Barclays. And you don’t often get that with a big organisation.   

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“Changing systems, pricing and models. Resolving issues. Validating results. That project gave me great confidence.”
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