Before joining Barclays, I was very low in confidence and felt no employer would give me a chance to prove I was capable. When I came across this opportunity with Barclays, all of this changed.
When I was 15, my local
optician noticed some abnormalities to the retina at the back of my eye. I had
been having problems for a few years previously so I was pleased I was finally
being taken seriously. Eventually, I was diagnosed with a rare condition called
I didn’t have a very
positive experience throughout my final years at school, which meant I didn’t
achieve the exam results I had hoped for. I started doing voluntary work for a
charity in Newcastle, Henshaws Society for Blind People. Working with people
there showed me that I was just as capable as anyone else at getting a job, and
it gave me the confidence to apply for the apprenticeship with Barclays.
I disclosed I had a disability
during the interview stage of my application and from then, Barclays couldn’t
do enough to help.
I finished my apprenticeship
a few years ago and I now work as an Essential Banker in one of the UK
branches. My day-to-day role involves assisting customers with their everyday
I manage to do my job just
the same as my colleagues, I just need a few extra tools. I use an electronic magnifier
and magnification software on my computer. I could not fault Barclays
as an employer, there’s nothing else they could’ve possibly done to help me.
I would recommend the Barclays
apprenticeship scheme to anyone, despite whether they have a disability or not.
It is a great opportunity and Barclays is a great company to work for.
Jane, Essential Banker, former Foundation Apprentice