Recognition: For both your needs and your talent
People experiencing mental health problems don't always get fair treatment. Employers often don't have enough awareness. There's a lot of stigma and misinformation to get past. But not at Barclays. We're open about mental health. We spearhead national campaigns and we proudly support our many talented colleagues, including apprentices, who have mental health problems. From application support to internal networks, we see your talent and we know how to help.
I have a history of mental health problems. I’ve had periods of serious depression and I became unemployed in my 50s following a nervous breakdown. After that I found it impossible to get back into work: people were prepared to let me work for them as a volunteer, but not to actually pay me.
I didn’t think Barclays would touch me with a bargepole. Over the years I developed a mindset that certain organisations wouldn’t come near me. I didn’t think the banking sector would even consider taking someone on with the barriers that I’ve faced, and for that reason I’d never considered applying for jobs with a bank.
Then I was told about what Barclays were doing, and for the first time I considered the possibility of returning to work. I took part in a LifeSkills recruitment session and I think my gut feeling was that if the opportunity was offered to me I would seize it with both hands.
I didn’t really know what to expect so I’ve been very pleased with the attitudes of my colleagues here so far. I’m going through the same training procedures as anyone entering the role of essential banker in Barclays – but with all the support I could want for my particular needs. It’s a completely fresh start for me and I’ve found the whole process to date very affirmative and positive indeed. Barclays is here to see me succeed – and that’s something really new for me.
Jonathan, former Able to Enable intern now a Foundation Apprentice
If you’re struggling to break into the world of work, our Foundation Apprenticeships are the perfect place to start. Lasting up to three years, this two-step programme will take you from Foundation to Advanced, gaining recognised qualifications at each stage. Your age, background, and experience are no problem – all we look for is potential. In return, you’ll find a programme where you can build the foundations for a lasting career, then take your new-found skills to new heights.
University isn’t right for everybody. But if you’ve got at least 80 UCAS points (or predicted) from 2017 onwards, or 200 UCAS points pre-2017, or a year’s work experience, this might be right for you. On our Higher Apprenticeship, you’ll earn as you learn – working towards a degree or professional qualification whilst you work at Barclays. Surrounded by practical experience and thorough support, it’s the ideal start to big things with us.