Age is no barrier for our apprentices
When it comes to your potential, age just isn’t a factor for us. There’s no upper limit on any of our opportunities, whether you’re 55 or 85. A Barclays Apprenticeship is your opportunity to make the most of your experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re returning to work after early retirement or raising a family, looking for a career change, or stepping into finance for the first time – if you want to put your experience to use, come to Barclays.
Life before Barclays was hard as a mature job seeker. I’d been a carer for a while, and stopped working for a few years because of that, but once I started trying to get back into work, it was tough. I was trying a lot of back-to-work programmes, and the job centre, but it was a struggle.
It was then that I found the Barclays Apprenticeship programme. When I applied, I was nervous, maybe a little bit excited – but if I’m absolutely honest, I never thought they would take someone my age with no banking background.
I was completely wrong about that one, obviously. Today, I’m an Essential Banker, and my main job is supporting customers with their day-to-day banking. I help them on the kiosk, at ATMs, and I’m particularly focussed on providing an engaging experience for our more mature customers. I even talk to some of them about considering an apprenticeship for themselves!
When I look back on what I’ve done since I started, I couldn’t be prouder of the decision I made. I completed my training, and I got to celebrate my graduation with my mother, my daughters, and my colleagues – and I can’t say how special that moment was for me.
Angela, former Apprentice now an Essential Banker
It doesn’t matter what age you are or what your experience is – if you want to enter (or re-enter) the world of work, our Foundation Apprenticeship is your chance to do just that. With no qualifications required for our in-branch roles, you’ll have the opportunity to explore our bank, gain recognised qualifications, and find the support to discover your next steps with us – whether that’s a full-time job or a place on our Higher Apprenticeship.
No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to think about getting a degree or a professional qualification. With our Higher Apprenticeship programme, you can earn as you learn, gaining a university-level or professional qualification as well as setting yourself up with a permanent career.