Not your average road to leadership

Join the Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship – Fast Track

You're about to be a line manager, or maybe you just became one. Whatever your age, however you came to the role, you're a leader now, and you want help to make the most of it. Well, have you thought about becoming an apprentice?

We know. It's not the most obvious answer. You're leading a team - why would you be an apprentice? Because our apprenticeships aren't what you think. Stay in your current role, study as you work for two years, and we'll support you to gain a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management. It's the opportunity that could change your career - and it's open to you, no matter your background.

The basic facts

  • Only open to internal candidates
  • The chance to train as a leader others want to follow, learning from senior management
  • A two-year programme, but you’ll stay in your current role
  • You’ll study for a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, part of Anglia Ruskin University
  • Studies are 100% funded by Barclays, and you’ll continue to earn your normal salary

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Why do the Fast Track in Leadership and Management?

Becoming a leader isn’t just about moving up the ranks. It’s about how you act. How you inspire. Becoming the leader others want to follow. You’ve got to learn how to make the right decisions, and how to understand not just the wider business, but also the roles of the people you’re leading. That’s the kind of rounded experience we’ll give you on the Fast Track, both through your studies and through your interaction with our senior leadership team.  

Is this right for you?

We're trying to open doors for all our colleagues - not just certain kinds of people. So there are only a few things we look for. You'll need to have worked with us for at least a year, and been promoted into a BA3, BA4 or AVP leadership or management role within the last 12 months. Plus, you should have a 'Strong' or above rating from your last Performance Management review, or for any emerging leaders not yet in role - you'll need to be ranked at least 'Outstanding'.

We're looking for potential, so your previous background and qualifications don't matter (though you shouldn't currently hold a degree in Leadership). Above all we're looking for people with the right attitude: individuals committed to accelerating their careers, who want to make the most of this opportunity. 

Ultimately, you'll lead your teams with passion and energy and help Barclays to redefine the future of banking.

How does it work?

Unlike our other Higher Apprenticeships, the Fast Track enables you to stay in your current role. Wherever you are in the bank, you’ll study for your degree as you continue your work. We’ll also send you and your cohort on residential training weeks where we’ll mentor you and teach you the essential skills you need for your next modules.

We’ll give you plenty of support along the way, but this does mean you’ll need to be ready to balance your studies and your workload. We won’t lie – it’s a big challenge, but one with a brilliant career at the end.

A career that keeps building

Get your degree with us, and you’ll see an incredible shift in your prospects. With help from mentors and tutors, you’ll gain a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, part of Anglia Ruskin University.

Then, after your apprenticeship, we'll support you as you move onto other leadership roles across Barclays. In whatever you do, we'll track your progress, helping you reach for new ambitions. It's a long-term investment in your potential - as Shannon, one of our current Fast Trackers, tells us.

You get so much support on the Fast Track. Mentors, one-to-ones, and they’ll constantly be in touch to make sure everything’s okay with all of us. It’s hard, but even before we started, we mapped out how we’d manage our roles alongside our studies. Our mentors and our managers have those plans and they help us stick to it to manage everything effectively.

"It’s a useful course not just for us but also for our business areas. One of the modules we worked on was a customer service report, looking at what we felt we could change that would benefit our business area. Then our leaders looked to us to bring that back into the business, to help make changes that would impact the whole team.

I’ve learnt a lot here about myself and what shapes me as a leader. I’ve picked up so much about my team, what role they play and what makes a high-performance team. This course has enabled me to take those skills back into my business area and share them with my wider team.

Shannon, current Fast Track Apprentice

Download Shannon's transcript

A whole team around you

There’s a lot to take on here, but you’ll find that your managers and mentors are always on hand to help you. In fact, many of them are some of our most passionate advocates of the programme:

Shannon and I have regular chats where I’ll dig in to make sure she’s getting on okay, does she need help with balancing her workload, that kind of thing. And through that constant contact and through her day-to-day work, I can really see how she’s grown as a manager. She’s becoming a more rounded leader, and she’s sharing that with the rest of my leadership team.

Jon, Shannon’s manager

An inside view

Right now, colleagues all over Barclays are taking on apprenticeships and making their future brighter. We’ll let them tell you about it for themselves:

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How do I apply?

The nice thing is, you've already done part of the process. By now, your manager should have talked you through the Fast Track, given you the Candidate's Guide and pointed you to this webpage.

What's next? First, decide if you'd like to do the apprenticeship. Then, just give the green light and you'll get officially nominated. So, yes, it's not your average application process. But then, this isn't your average apprenticeship.


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