Diversity at heart
Barclays Apprenticeships are open to all kinds of people: 16 or 65, mothers or grandfathers, carers or ex-soldiers. For us, diversity is much more than a buzzword. The more we increase diversity and support each other, the more directly we can enrich our customers and the ways we do business. It strengthens our values, culture and brand. And when you join us, you’ll find that the whole bank is built that way. You’ll find people from different backgrounds at every level of the business – giving you plenty of colleagues to inspire and guide you.
Our diversity networks
From the start of your apprenticeship, you’ll be able to get
involved in our business-wide networks and groups:
What’s this network for? The Reach Network is set up to help our whole organisation be more confident when it comes to disability and mental health. We want colleagues to feel supported; to know they’ve got the right adjustments in place to do their job well. Just as critically, we want to raise the bar in terms of disability and mental health awareness across the whole organisation.
Crucially, this network isn't just for people who identify as having a disability. It's also for those with conditions that affect their daily life in any way, whether it's a mental health issue, for instance, or a long-term illness.
In everything we do, we're committed to supporting people across the widest range of disabilities and mental health conditions, including long-term illnesses. And of course, that means that whoever you are, and whatever condition affects you or the people you love, you’ll feel welcome among us.
Who’s part of this network? Our membership isn’t just for existing and potential colleagues who have a disability or mental health condition. It’s for anyone who’s affected by disability – a member of the family, a close friend, or if you’re a carer for someone. You might even just want to be an ally to help us raise awareness and offer support – what we call Reach Purple Champions.
So our membership is a wide spread of people – but it’s even wider when you consider that this is just the UK branch of a global Barclays community. Colleagues in Asia and the Americas are part of their own Reach networks, working alongside us. That means you’re part of something that feels monumental, changing minds every day.
People ask about our aims: in the long-term, it’s got to be not to need a disability and mental health network at all, because we’ll have normalised the issue so that people can talk openly and confidently about these conditions and find support.
Matt Robinson, Co-Chair, Reach
How does this network help? As an apprentice, one of the first ways you might encounter our help is in application process mentoring. Across this website, you’ll find plenty of information to tell you about why you should share details about a disability or health condition with us – and one of the biggest reasons is that you’ll be given a mentor to support you through the application. That mentor will usually come from our network.
We aim to pair potential apprentices up with someone inside Barclays with a similar condition, or experience of it, so that you can have a one-to-one chat with someone who understands exactly where you’re coming from. From our network Chairs down, we all give as much time as we can to make sure each potential apprentice is partnered with someone they can really relate to; who can give the answers they need.
Once you’re inside the business though, you’ll see there’s plenty of other work we do – all of it aiming to make sure that everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
One of the biggest examples is our This is Me campaign, which originally set out to raise awareness and take the stigma out of talking about mental health, as well as about a wide range of disabilities. After all, mental health issues affect 1 in 4 of us every year. We started the campaign internally in 2014, asking colleagues to share their stories and talk frankly about their mental health and wellbeing - and about supporting health issues as line managers or carers. Two years ago, at the request of our colleagues, we broadened this out to include stories about all aspects of disability, mental health and other conditions. So far, we’ve had more than 200 colleagues share their stories, both junior and senior, many of them talking on camera about their personal experience of disability or mental health issues.
What’s more, it’s not just changing minds inside Barclays. Thanks to the Barclays Diversity and Inclusion team, with help from Reach, ‘This is me’ has now been taken up by companies across London in partnership with the Lord Mayor's Appeal and we know there is interest in Manchester and Glasgow as well. It’s been picked up by more than just Barclays colleagues, moving beyond the banking industry. Professionals from all kinds of sectors are stepping up to talk openly about their mental health, some for the first time. We’re raising everyone’s confidence and awareness, and it’s one of our proudest achievements so far.
There are a huge variety of campaigns and activities we run though, looking at all kinds of areas. We have five focus groups, each focussed on a different kind of disability, and each running its own awareness weeks and events. Our visual impairment focus group might run panel events for World Sight Day, for instance. Our physical impairment focus group might run interactive workshops to help colleagues experience for themselves how a building’s accessibility impacts the daily lives of co-workers who use wheelchairs. Our mental health focus group runs peer support groups for colleagues in a number of Barclays locations. The network is a hive of activity; a lot of people of all ages and levels, bringing a lot of passion to our work.
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? First of all – it doesn’t matter to us whether you’re an apprentice or a senior manager. Everyone is welcome; everyone is equally supported. Particularly if you’re someone with a disability or a condition that’s caused barriers for you, or experience periods of mental ill health, we know that you might have gone through years of discrimination. We want you to feel welcome here now, amongst a network – and a wider bank – built to support one another.
It’s hard to persuade people that it will be okay – but honestly, Barclays is one of the most inclusive environments that I’ve ever lived or worked in, anywhere.
Elizabeth Bailey, Co-Chair, Reach
There are lots of ways you can be part of Reach, both to benefit from our support and helping us boost our efforts further. If you join us, there’s so much we can do to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. We can help you build a workplace adjustment passport, for instance, that means that wherever you go in the bank, you can confidentially, discretely and easily let managers know exactly what arrangements you need in the workplace. You can be part of mental health peer support groups, one-to-one mentoring, and more, giving you every chance to succeed.
And at the same time, there’s the work you can do to help us raise further awareness of disability and mental health conditions. Join the network’s activities across a broad range of topics, and you can be part of changing culture internally and behaviour across the nation. There’s so much to get involved in, from interactive events to learning lunches. You could even be part of upcoming events like the twice-yearly Superhero Series – the only triathlon sporting events designed for people with disabilities. (With Barclays as a ‘Super Partner’ sponsor, of course.)
What’s this network for? The Spectrum network supports and promotes our LGBTQ+ community, aiming to foster an environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to work. The focus is on driving social change in whatever way we can – looking not just within our own bank, but also at promoting LGBTQ+ interests and issues in the community.
To give you an example of what kind of change we make, you could look at our work with the Terrence Higgins Trust (for those living with HIV) and Mermaids (for transgender young people). In both cases, our Early Careers team deliver LifeSkills; our core skills training that helps excluded groups into the working world.
Who’s part of this network? The Spectrum membership continues to grow year on year and is one of the largest networks at Barclays. You'll find active branches up and down the UK, with particular strength in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Northampton and Glasgow, as well as in smaller recruitment areas. Wherever you join us as an apprentice, the chances are that you’ll be able to talk to your chapter’s lead about what’s happening there.
It’s important to know that the LGBTQ+ network isn’t just for those who identify as LGBTQ+. We’re also on a constant mission to recruit Spectrum Allies: colleagues from all backgrounds ready to help promote equality, inclusiveness and engagement across our bank. Right now there are over 6,000 – and you could be one them too.
How does this network help? Spectrum works toward a clear agenda for change, and there are three parts to that.
The first is that we work in communities to drive social change. Some of that is through charity work with relevant groups who support LGBTQ+ causes. We’ll help them raise awareness, run fundraisers, and also help advise groups on the best possible ways to approach running their charities.
The second aspect of what we do is making sure that we promote the right work environment for our teams; an environment where they can lead their true lives and be themselves at work. Part of that effort comes through the campaigns we run: campaigns like #nofilter, where Barclays gathered both internal and external LGBTQ+ thought leaders to talk about living openly, with #nofilter. Films with both our senior managers and participants like Gareth Thomas, the first openly gay professional rugby player, allowed us to raise awareness and reach new allies. We’ve continued that effort recently in The Power of Out – a campaign that features CEO Jes Staley and a host of senior global leaders, talking about the value of being able to be ‘out’ at work. You can watch that video here.
One of the proudest things for me is how our network has grown. Look at our most recent gala – that’s an event run at the Savoy with the Terrence Higgins Trust, with our CEO and other senior stakeholders as well as our corporate clients in attendance, which resulted in raising nearly £200,000. That’s a proud moment, really – the scale of how far we’ve come.
David Shinkins, Co-Chair, Spectrum
The third aspect of our work is how we interact with Barclays’ clients. When Barclays work with any business, there’s a lot we can offer them in terms of advice and financial services, but more and more, we’re also able to offer diversity advice. The Spectrum network’s activities, from round tables to talks to our annual gala, are open to our corporate clients – and it means other business can follow in our footsteps. They can look at the way our globally active network operates, and take those lessons back to their own organisations.
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? Like we mentioned earlier, we’re keen for everyone to be part of the Spectrum network – whether you’re LGBTQQIAP or whether you want to be an ally. We’re a diverse group – juniors and seniors, UK-wide, worldwide – so even if you join us in your first week, we’ll see you as a valuable part of our network.
You don’t need to have any experience of groups like this one – but what we’ll need from you is a passion to help. You’ll find an incredibly inclusive environment within Barclays, but we can’t be complacent about that. The whole business world is still very much on a journey toward full inclusivity and we can’t change a whole culture overnight – but if we all approach Spectrum’s aims with enthusiasm, we can go a long way. Take initiative, give us your ideas, and know that you’ll be listened to, no matter how new to the business you are.
What’s this network for? The Barclays Emerge Network was founded to help colleagues new to Barclays – apprentices, graduates, entry-level staff, and even just new starters at any point in the business. You can be any age, any background, any role, and any department. You could be new to our business or new to banking entirely. The point is to help new professionals build their careers, their skills, and their relationships with others at the same level.
It’s a network for making cross-generational relationships – and we mean that in two senses. First, because anyone can be a new starter, you’ll be making connections with new colleagues of all ages. And second, it’s about making links between junior and senior ‘generations’ of Barclays employees – helping you meet with and learn from those (of all ages) who’ve been with us for longer, who can share their experience.
Who’s part of this network? The Emerge network was launched in 2015, but it’s already branching out all over our bank. There are active segments across the UK, as well as growing uptake in the Americas and Asia - meaning that you’ll make useful connections with all kinds of people at all levels of seniority.
To give you an idea of that scale, we recently piloted a reverse mentoring scheme, and in its first two months, more than 800 global colleagues – including volunteers from the bank’s Group Executive Committee.
How does this network help? Joining a new business can be an intimidating thing. Our apprenticeship programme support makes it as easy as possible, but you still might feel like you want to reach out and meet more people like you. You might also want more senior contacts to help you get under the skin of the business a little more. Either way, the Emerge Network is the perfect place to do that.
It’s also a place where junior colleagues can make their voices heard. As mentioned, our Reverse Mentoring programme is an interesting part of what we do. The scheme is designed so that senior leaders within our bank are mentored by their junior colleagues: a chance for you to give constructive feedback on the way the bank is run, the direction we’re taking, and the way that teams are managed, so that we can all improve.
Learning should be constant for everyone, and if you’re eager to get your hands on more opportunities to grow, Emerge can help. We don’t want you to feel that you have to wait until you’re more experienced before we’ll let you prove yourself. The work of the Emerge network is noted across the industry, because it means that you have more chance to demonstrate your potential within our global business. Emerge is a space where future leaders can test their skills and entrepreneurial savvy early on, taking on extracurricular projects and leading initiatives inside and outside Barclays.
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? Join. From your first day, you’re exactly the person this network is aimed at. No matter what age you are, what experience you’ve had, the point of the apprenticeship programme is that we’re training new professionals to be future leaders. Those future leaders find like minds in the Emerge Network.
Finding a great mentor is something you’ve got to take ownership of, but Emerge helped me do that, finding someone to support and guide me.
Lizzie, current Higher Apprentice
What’s this network for? The Working Families Network is set up to support working families and carers, tackling all the challenges that can come with modern family life. Whatever shape your family takes - from babies to teenagers, new parents to grandparents – we’re there to provide support, expert advice, and links to others in the same situation.
Who’s part of this network? Currently we have around 3800 members in the UK, but we’re always looking to reach more of our colleagues, to bring more people onboard. We want to help as many people we can because ultimately, the issues this network raises affect the vast majority of our colleagues in one way or another. There’s useful information for parents, sons and daughters, siblings, grandparents, carers – family in all its shapes and forms, in whatever way it matters to you.
There are plenty of online events and webinars accessible for members across the UK, but the biggest part of our in-person activity happens at our London offices. Our agenda is run by colleagues who volunteer their time, so if you join us in another region and want to start up more in-office activity where you are, we’ll be keen for you to get involved.
How does this network help? For a start, the network helps by structuring its activities around the needs of our members. We know that working families are busy – that whether you’re a parent or a carer, you don’t have a lot of free time on your hands. So a substantial part of what we do is about providing manageable, undemanding opportunities to get support and advice.
That starts with our regular programme of webinars. We organise for a variety of subject matter experts to speak, based on our monthly theme. They might talk about tips for handling toddler behaviour or how to finance long-term caring for a family member. The talks are wide-ranging, and all you have to do is dial in and listen on your lunch break or from home. We’re even working on how to create bite-size versions so that you can benefit even if you don’t have an hour to spare.
There’s also our face-to-face events, particularly in our London office, and they’re designed to help not just our colleagues but their families too. For instance, we work with the Barclays citizenship team to run coding classes for our members’ children. We do everything we can to help at every stage of development: our ‘Bring your teenager to work’ days mean that members can bring in their children to visit a global bank and take part in presentation skills and interview technique workshops.
Informal networking is also another huge part of what we do, because we know that at certain points in your life, you need to be surrounded by people who can relate to where you are. For instance, in conjunction with the Win Network, we run a whole series of opportunities around the journey of maternity. As soon as a colleague knows they’re pregnant, they can sign into the learning portal, see when the next pre-maternity group session is, and meet with other colleagues at the same stage.
Post maternity groups too mean that new mothers can return to work and settle back in amongst others going through the same experience. They can even – if and when they want to – get coaching on how to balance parenting with career progression. It’s an approach that prevents talented parents from having to leave us, or from feeling like they won’t progress now that they have children.
As much as we can, we also work with other networks to reach as many people as we can. We’ll work with Embrace to promote an event on multicultural families and 21st Century parenting, or we’ll unite with Spectrum to run webinars on raising an adopted child, reaching out to LGBT parents.
I think the best reason to join us is that you have all this at your disposal. As a Barclays employee, to have that access to subject matter experts, to be able to bring our children to learn to code, and all of it free to access – you feel very lucky.
Caroline Holmes, Co-Chair, Working Families Network
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? The ethos of the Working Families Network is that we want to support everyone, so all you have to do is join. Even if all you do is receive the monthly email, you’re still a member with access to the resources if you want it. There might be one topic you’re interested in listening to every two to three months, or you might come to every event we run. People do what they can when they can.
As an apprentice, we know you might be at all sorts of stages. Maybe you’re a new mother. Maybe you’re a grandfather of six. You might be fresh out of school, acting as a full-time carer for a parent or sibling. Whoever you are, you’ll find valuable life advice and manageable opportunities with us – and all you have to do is sign up.
What’s this network for? The Barclays Military Network was set up to support ex-military colleagues as they move from Armed Forces roles into careers in the world of business. It’s a tricky period of adjustment, but by providing a wide network of both experienced ex-military and interested non-military colleagues, we can see that everyone gets the support they need.
We also work closely with our women’s network, WIN, and particularly with the Reach network, since many of our former military colleagues left the Armed Forces because of medical issues.
Who's part of this network? It doesn’t matter who you are or what your role is – everyone is welcome in Barclays Military Network. Some of our 350 members are ex-military, as you’d imagine, but some aren’t: they have an interest in the military, or they’re the family of someone currently serving.
Having a mix of people means our former military colleagues find the sounding board they need: they can learn from other ex-military colleagues, but equally, they can learn from others with different experiences, and that’s especially valuable.
In my experience, there isn’t a single person in the network who wouldn’t give up some of their time to help someone else who needs advice, whatever level they’re at.
David James-Roll, Barclays Military Network
If you do come from a military background, it doesn’t matter what that background is either; whether you’re Army, Navy, or Air Force; whether you served a full career or a matter of weeks. You don’t need to be commissioned either. We’re for everyone and anyone.
How does the network help? Transitioning out of the military can be tough. But when you think about the 4,500 people we’ve helped so far, along with the Barclays After programme, this network has changed so many lives.
It’s not about filling specific roles, either. Forget any misconceptions you’ve got about what ex-military colleagues might do. Our members are working all over the bank, from investment banking to cyber security to health and safety.
Wherever they land, these colleagues find support through our network. There are speaker events, socials, one-to-one mentoring opportunities. And all of that makes anything possible for all our members.
The message we want to give is don’t be pigeon-holed – there’s a multitude of things you can do with your skills.
David James-Roll, Barclays Military Network
How can I be
part of the network as an apprentice? First and foremost – join us. We
know you’re going to be balancing a lot so there’s no time
commitment; just as much or as little as you want to give.
We think that, whoever you are, you’ll find real benefits to joining us. If you’re ex-military, you’ll find great advice and support from people with a range of life experiences. And even if you’re not military, you’ll find a group that spans every level of the bank, helping you learn to network in a welcoming, interesting and inspiring environment.
What’s this network for? The Win Network’s mission is to engage women and men across the organisation, so that we can foster gender equality, better develop female talent and make sure women stay and grow their careers with us at all levels of the business.
There are a few different goals within that. The first is that we promote equal opportunity for women in the workplace - and not just within a department but across the whole business. Women should be able to move around the Bank and to find the promotions they deserve. We strive to ensure access to flexible working, mentoring, support for maternity leave, and support to return after maternity leave.
The second goal is around engaging men too, and to do that, we have a very active committee called Win Allies. Much like the global movement, HeForShe, it’s all about involving men so that they can help promote gender equality and diversity. Particularly because men still make up the majority of senior positions in the business world, it’s so important to have their support to make change happen.
The third point is that we ensure that Barclays uses its position as an influencer to be a force for good, both inside our bank and outside it. What do we mean by that? Barclays is known for having a strong women’s network and for being active when it comes to gender equality. People look to us, and that means we’re in a position to inspire other organisations and other parts of society to do as we do. So, a big part of our work is to partner with other networks, companies and initiatives, and lend them our support.
Who’s part of this network? Members of the Win Network are spread all over Barclays – not just in London but nationally and globally. Chances are, you’ll find regional branches of the Win network wherever you go, all active in promoting our gender agenda.
Age and level are no issue either. Not only is Win open to everyone – including men, but there are specific sub groups for colleagues at different life stages and different points in their career. As an example, JAC – the Junior Advisory Committee – is set up for Win members specifically at a junior level or those who are new to banking, helping them build links with others as well as accessing mentoring, training and development opportunities.
And of course, as we mentioned above, it isn’t just women who join the Win Network. We’re open to everyone, and it’s particularly important that we maintain the work done by our Win Allies committee. We need everyone on board and doing everything they can for women to feel equally encouraged, inspired, and supported to achieve their career goals.
How does this network help? When you join the Win Network, it’s quickly obvious that the network is phenomenally active. In London alone, between different committees run by the network, there are over 100 events per year. In different ways, they’re all helping to promote gender equality and more opportunities for women, whether it’s a panel debate to discuss the gender pay gap, or educational events to promote women’s health and wellbeing.
Win also takes on an impressive level of citizenship work, looking to lend a supportive voice and financial support to charities furthering the cause of gender equality. One example is our support for a charity called Smart Works: an organisation providing underprivileged women with quality dressing services offering suits, dresses shoes and handbags as well as coaching before job interviews. Smart Works aims to build confidence as well as professional image, and means that one in two women they help get the job they apply for. If the candidate is successful, they even provide additional outfits to give them a working wardrobe – and our support helps them make all that a reality.
In the business world too, the Win Network reaches out to make sure that women’s talent can come to the forefront. The network partners, for instance, with WeAreTheCity’s Tech Women conference, an annual event that hosts speakers, panel events, skills workshops and more, helping women succeed in a notoriously male-dominated industry.
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? This is a busy time for you, but the great part of the Win Network is that there’s no specific level of commitment. You can come along to as many or as few events as you want to. If you just want to be on the mailing list to stay up to date with the issues we’re discussing, that’s fine. If you want to volunteer at a particular event, we’re flexible about how you do that, and you can pick and choose the areas that interest you.
One great way you can get involved as an apprentice – particularly if you’re a Higher Apprentice in our London offices – is to support the JAC; the Junior Advisory Committee to the Win Network.
Don’t be put off by the name: there’s no typical age you have to be to join. It’s a sub-group designed for people of any age, as long as they’re in junior positions in the bank - usually Assistant Vice President or lower. JAC helps junior colleagues connect and engage with one another, whether it’s at speaker events or book clubs, and it also helps connect each junior colleague with potential senior mentors, as well as training and development opportunities.
The great thing about joining the Win Network as an apprentice is that it sets you up with a strong network as you move through Barclays. However you came to us, whatever your age, you’re beginning a career here. It’s long term, and that means your situation might change as you move through your life with us. Subjects like flexible working, maternity leave and return, aiming for senior promotion, caring for a relative – some or all of that might become relevant to you at various points, so setting up a strong network now will help you on your way.
I’d say it’s a great way to meet people like you - your level, background, whatever it may be. In an organisation like ours, the more people you know the easier it is to progress your career.
Joanna Patrick, Communications Committee Co-Chair, Win network
What’s this network for? In a multicultural society, it’s important to us that we promote a multicultural workforce – and that’s the role played by our Embrace Network. The group aims to spur everyone to create a welcoming and vibrant workplace; one where we value equality for everyone. Together, we promote the importance of recruiting people from diverse backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, nationality and faith. Most importantly, we want to support that new talent to stay in the business and to move into senior positions.
Under the umbrella of the Embrace Network, you’ll find multiple different sub-groups, all aiming to cover various aspects of multicultural society. That includes our Black Professionals Forum, our Asian Professionals Forum, and three faith forums for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They each run their own calendar to highlight cultural events, and Embrace also runs some events as a wider network.
Who’s part of this network? People tend to jump to the conclusion that you need to be part of a particular cultural group to join a particular forum – that you need to be Asian to join the Asian Professionals Forum, for instance – but in reality, that isn’t the case at all. We’re keen to have anyone and everyone join us: the more people who engage, learn, and raise awareness, the better.
Right now in the UK alone, there are around 2000 members spread across each of our forums. Our biggest aim at the moment is to expand that, looking particularly to move beyond the London office and create more opportunities for our colleagues at regional level.
How does this network help? Each sub-group within the Embrace network runs its own events to raise awareness and get everyone involved in experiencing each other’s culture. If we’re in the run up to a particular cultural moment or event – whether it’s Divali, Ramadan or Black History Month – then the sub-groups will run talks, events and festivals that involve everyone across the bank.
To give you an example of that, our most recent Black History Month included a broad series of events, appealing to a wide range of interests and subject areas. Our CEO, Jes Staley, spoke on the importance of multiculturalism in the workplace, but we also had fashion events, visits from prominent entrepreneurs, and huge teams of volunteers involved in making it all happen.
More broadly, our whole network will get involved to mark big occasions. Take World Cultural Day as an example. Every year, we work as a whole team with our Embrace colleagues in the Americas and in Asia to run multiple events for a global impact. It’s an exciting time to join us in pushing our agenda worldwide, challenging the status quo.
The network is also useful for our colleagues in the mentoring it provides. We offer a real variety of opportunities to find new and inspiring role models, whether it’s through our formal mentoring programme or through panel and speaker events. Our people are enthusiastic about providing their support in any way they can, so it’s common for attendees to approach a speaker or an event organiser who’s particularly inspired them, and in doing that, find a new mentor within the business.
Between those mentoring opportunities, the events we run, and the multicultural approach we promote, it’s not surprising that colleagues within the Embrace network find huge benefit to their membership. We’ve seen so many success stories – colleagues who’ve found new promotions, who’ve transitioned to new roles, and who’ve found meaningful mentoring from even the most senior colleagues.
We’re now seen as diversity leaders outside our bank too: we’ve won multiple awards for the work we do, with clients reaching out to us for advice on how to create their own networks.
How can I be part of the network as an apprentice? If you’re worried that you won’t fit in around us as an apprentice, all you need to do is come along to an event. You don’t have to join anything yet, or sign up for anything. Just come along to an event when you start at Barclays. You’ll meet the colleagues in the room, and see the energy, the diversity and the passion we have at our events. When you do, you’ll know there’s plenty of room here for you, whatever your race, ethnicity, nationality or faith.
Like all our networks, the Embrace network is run entirely by volunteers, so your involvement doesn’t have to stop at attending events (although there’s no problem if that’s all you have time for). If you want to be part of helping us push for a multicultural society, we need all kinds of help – and it doesn’t have to be anything to do with your day job either. You could be an apprentice in Group Finance, but try your hand at helping us with marketing our next event, or helping to draft our newsletter.
We’ve taken on an increasingly important role in the last few years, so what’s great about this network is that it’s growing. As an apprentice, you can grow with it.
Nazreen Visram, Co-Chair, Embrace
If you do decide to help organise events with us, we do have to say that the time commitment is bigger. Alongside your studies and your work, it’s going to be a challenge – but if you can handle it, then it’s well worth doing. You’ll find yourself volunteering alongside senior professionals from across departments. You’ll find mutual interests in a relaxed, fun environment – all with role models you might otherwise never meet. You’ll develop your soft skills, build your network, find potential mentors, and get to understand the way our business works – all of which, of course, will support your apprenticeship too.
We believe so strongly in an inclusive society that we campaign for it both inside and outside Barclays. Here are just some of the efforts you can be part of:
This is Me
In 2014, we launched our flagship campaign – This is Me – to tackle the stigma around mental health in the workplace. The basic idea was simple. Real colleagues would introduce themselves with their own personal story. And, as in real life, their mental health condition and how they manage it would be just part of that story. Three years later, This is Me has grown and gained incredible momentum, helping people not only within Barclays but across the City of London to speak out and break cultural silences around mental health, wellbeing and disability.
We’re enthusiastic participants in the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign, which encourages men to take action against the inequalities faced by women. So far, almost 6,000 Barclays’ employees have pledged to take part in this crucial initiative.
To meet the diverse needs of employees at different stages of their lives, we provide all kinds of bespoke programmes, tools and networks. Our flagship campaign in this area is dynamic working. Think of it as the next evolution of flexible working. With dynamic working, you’ll have the opportunity to define how you work your life. This might mean working with your manager to alter your hours to better fit your families’ needs. It could mean working remotely. Or it might mean taking some time out to volunteer. Whatever you want to do outside of your professional life, we’ll do our best to help you find a solution that works for you and us.
Engaging straight employees in the issues and concerns LGBT employees face in and out of the workplace. Spectrum allies supports the LGBT* community in challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and by educating others on the importance of equality. As a member of Spectrum Allies, you would have the chance to help organise events, campaigns and specific projects. Or you could use the network simply to stay connected and for support or information as and when you need it.
Embracing Us is our internal campaign that focuses on challenging and shifting global stereotypes in relation to nationality, faith, ethnicity, race and language. Specifically, it aims to tackle how these stereotypes can manifest in the workplace. The main priorities of the campaign are to educate colleagues about the importance of embracing and promoting a multicultural workplace and provide colleagues and managers with the tools and knowledge they need to confidently tackle stereotypical thinking wherever they find it.