I’ve worked in a wide variety of industries over my life, from IT Management to Air Traffic Control. But then, almost overnight, I found myself unemployed and my life pretty much ground to a halt. I was applying for jobs and getting nowhere, and I’d started to seriously believe I’d never work again
Then my work coach in the Jobcentre mentioned Barclays Apprenticeships. It immediately piqued my interest, and I was one of the first to join the programme.
Before, I was just trying to fill my days – but now they’re jam-packed. I spend most of my time in the banking hall, helping customers with queries, maintaining the self-service machines, and guiding people through our new technology. I even man the hot desk for our personal bankers, and that’s seen me learn a lot more about other aspects of the banking world.
I can’t believe the leaps forward I’ve made here. Apart from my recent graduation, I’ve also won awards for my service, and spoken to audiences from MPs to heads of industry.
Honestly, if someone had told me the things I’d achieve at this point in life, I never would have believed them. The Barclays Apprenticeship has absolutely restored my faith in myself and my abilities. It’s truly something special.
Brian, Former Foundation Apprentice and current Advanced Apprentice