Apprenticeships that value your service

From the armed forces to the corporate world may not sound like a natural step, but you’d be surprised how straightforward it can be. You’ll find that many of the skills and experiences you gained in your military career will prove invaluable in the work you’ll do here. You’ll also find that we have social and support networks in place. These will put you in touch with others who are making, or have made, the same transition as you.

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Meet Stephen


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.

Stephen, Higher Apprentice

Opportunities for you

You might not think a bank is the most obvious fit after military life, but the fact is, there’s a lot you can achieve with us. Explore below to find out more about our programmes and how we can support you move into civilian life.

You can also watch Sam's video to see his journey from Royal Navy to Higher Apprentice. 

Download a transcript of Sam's video here

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Foundation Apprenticeship

Our Foundation Apprenticeships are exactly that - a foundation for a rewarding and lasting career. You'll get first-hand work experience and gain professional qualifications, all while earning a competitive salary. And with constant, personalised support you'll explore the many opportunities ahead for you at Barclays, from full-time roles to Higher Apprenticeships. 

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Higher Apprenticeships

For many of our ex-military apprentices, a Higher Apprenticeship is the perfect way to start your new career. With opportunities spread across the business, this is the chance to earn as you learn. You’ll gain a university-level or professional qualification and see where your career could lead with us – all without any student debt.

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The Barclays AFTER programme

Our support for ex-military and Armed Forces members isn’t exclusive to our Apprenticeships. In fact, across our bank, we support thousands of servicemen and women as they move into civilian life. So, when you join us, you’ll find a business that truly values your service and supports your day-to-day progress. We’ll even help you assess your skills to work out what kind of roles would suit you best as you move forward.

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