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Take your first steps into the world of work

You've got the grades; the drive. But uni isn't on the cards. Not when your career is out there and you're raring to go. To see where your potential could take you. To accelerate your learning, without the student debt. If this all sounds familiar, you've come to the right place. 

Meet Reece


Before I started at Barclays, I had just left school after finishing my GCSEs. I was at a bit of a loose end, to be fair. Life was good, but I wasn’t doing much and wanted to start something new – something I’d enjoy. I knew I wanted to try and find a good apprenticeship rather than going back to school or college. Then I found Barclays.

If I’m honest, I didn’t think a well-known bank would want someone who’s just fresh out of school. But, you know, there’s no harm in applying, so I did it and hoped for the best. And I’m so glad I did.

I’m currently working in the Retail Banking department, and I do so much on a day-to-day basis. Each call can be different: anything from transferring money for a new car to opening a savings account, and you never know what the customer is going to ask. It always makes me really proud that I’m helping them out as much as I can.

I’m equally proud to say that I’ve just finished my Foundation Apprenticeship. I’ve learned so much working here –about how banking works and why it’s so important. And considering what I knew at the start, I’ve come so far in the space of a year. I’ve had huge support and I know the opportunities are here for me to progress, so I’m already looking at my next Apprenticeship to help me go further within Barclays.

Reece, former Trainee now a Foundation Apprentice

What can I achieve at Barclays?

A lot, in fact. Our school leavers have as much responsibility as anyone else, and you’ll do real work from the start. Since we launched our apprenticeships, here’s what we’ve seen:  

  • Apprentices representing Barclays at the One Young World conference in Thailand and Canada
  • 2.8m young people using our LifeSkills resources
  • 93% of young people who join our programme stay and get their qualification
  • 65% of those young people come from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • 8% of those young people have no qualifications at all

Download a transcript of Paul's video here

Opportunities for you

Our Foundation Apprenticeships are perfect for school leavers who've got five GCSEs A* - C (9-5) including Maths and English (or equivalent). That said, some of our programmes don't require any qualifications at all. So as long as you're over 16, there's something for you here. 

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Foundation Apprenticeship

Our Foundation Apprenticeships are exactly that - a foundation for a rewarding and lasting career. You'll gain first-hand work experience and 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 Higher Apprenticeships to full-time roles. 

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