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Not your average Masters

Help us identify the brightest leaders of leaders

Meet the programme that’s taking talented leaders to new heights: the Masters Apprenticeship. Each year, we’re offering this programme to a select group of colleagues at AVP to Director level, giving them the chance to advance their skills and our bank, as they study for a Masters apprenticeship in leadership, incorporating an MSc in Business and Strategic Leadership at Cranfield University. Naturally, we need candidates with huge potential – and we need your help to find them.  

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Why suggest your colleague?

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Grow their skills and your team
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Our Masters apprentices build brilliant business acumen to bring back to their team.
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Retain their talent
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Make sure the rising stars of our bank know they have something to aspire to inside Barclays.
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Drive our global reputation
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As the first UK bank to offer a qualification like this, the Masters Apprenticeship helps make us a role-model employer.
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Help achieve our purpose
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In giving stellar colleagues opportunities to rise, we’re raising the game of our whole bank.

Who can be a Masters Apprentice?

To be eligible for the programme, your colleague will need to be:

  • AVP to Director level
  • Strong to Outstanding in their last performance review
  • Based in England for at least 50% of their time at work
  • Allowed to work in the UK (see the FAQs for more detail on this)
  • Able to attend an induction in March 2019 and start their studies in May

One of the following: 

  • Degree-educated with a minimum 3 years of management experience
  • Non-degree-educated with a minimum 7 years of experience
  • An alumnus of either the Barclays Higher Apprenticeship or the Barclays Graduate programme, who'll have 18 months of post-programme business experience by March 2019

Please note: eligibility doesn't guarantee your colleague a place, and we'll be ranking applicants to find the top 30 most promising candidates for the programme. Having said that, if we're oversubscribed with exceptional candidates, there's a chance we may offer some colleagues the opportunity to defer to the following year's cohort.

Putting your colleague forward – do’s and dont's

Do:

  • Consider your commitment and the impact on your team
  • Handpick one or two colleagues and approach them privately
  • Make sure your colleague is eligible
  • Give them enough time to decide
  • Send them to joinus.barclays/masters for more information


Don't

  • Recommend more people than you could spare
  • Ask around for volunteers: handpick your candidates instead
  • Leave it too late for your colleague to make a fair application
  • Pressure or rush your colleague to say yes – they don’t have to
  • Assume your colleague now has a place – it’s competitive


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