Foundation to Advanced Apprenticeship

Anyone can be a Foundation Apprentice. As long as you’re over 16 and have fewer than two A-Levels, you can be anyone at all. 18 or 85. A parent, a school leaver, ex-military, unemployed. Whoever you are, whatever your life stage, this programme is the chance to move forward and achieve your ambitions - first on our Foundation programme and then as you move onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. No qualifications necessary. All we look for is energy, initiative, positivity. In a word, potential. We’ve become experts at identifying it, and we know how to help it grow.

About our Foundation to Advanced programme

Our Foundation Apprenticeship is the start of  a two-step, programme that will build your skills and set you on the path to becoming a fully-fledged professional That means you’ll take on up to 18 months at Foundation level, and if you pass your assessments, then you’ll automatically move into up to 18 months at Advanced level, as part of the programme.

Over all that time, you’ll benefit from focused on-the-job development, taking on fulfilling roles and study towards recognised qualifications. You’ll learn alongside the people you’ll be working with day-to-day – getting the same professional training as they do. You’ll even benefit from one-to-one training and tuition, and have dedicated mentors (both inside and outside of Barclays) to turn to for advice and guidance.

We’ll support you with your studies, with time set aside at work for you to complete your assignments. Our training is going digital (just like our customers), so we’ve developed a new e-learning platform you can access on the go, for help in your studies. We’ll also sign you up for the Digital Driving Licence - an innovative virtual way to learn new skills to then inspire our customers and colleagues.

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A career that keeps building

You’re not just signing up to some one-off training here. Finishing your Foundation to Advanced apprenticeship is only the start. Whether you go into a full-time role or decide to take on the Higher Apprenticeship you’ll build momentum with us. It all depends on what you want to do, and where you want to go.

Shannon's story:

Before I started at Barclays, I was studying and also trying to balance that with weekend jobs. I’d been looking around, but I hadn’t really found a company where I could see myself in a full-time career.

Then I heard about Barclays and the Foundation Apprenticeship.  I knew that if I worked really hard, there would be plenty of opportunities there for me.

Now that I’m moving through the bank, that’s proved to be more accurate than I could have guessed. There’s genuinely no other company I know who would invest so much time and money in the future leaders of their business.

Shannon, former Foundation Apprentice and current Higher Apprentice

Download a transcript of Shannon's video here

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Nat's story:

I felt like I didn’t have a purpose before I started working at Barclays. I’d already been my mum’s primary carer since I was 12, then my little brother passed away when I was 15, and I just lost all focus. I was very lost and I’d almost just become a shell of the person I was.But Barclays helped me find my direction again.

I completed my Foundation Apprenticeship first of all, but I knew I didn’t want to stop upskilling myself. I saw how much I’d grown as a person on the Foundation programme, and how the Higher Apprenticeship would help me grow into the woman I knew I could be.

I’m now studying for a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership, and I’ve got a brilliant support network around me. Barclays helped me transition from Foundation to Higher, but they also support me with the other huge part of my life – caring for my mum.

Natalie, Higher Apprentice and former Foundation Apprentice

Advanced Apprenticeships

As we mentioned, our Advanced Apprenticeship follows on from our Foundation programme – up to 18 months where you’ll build on what you’ve learned so far, and take your next steps towards becoming a qualified specialist. You can’t apply directly for this programme though – you’ll have to go through the Foundation programme first, and if you pass your assessments, you’ll move onto become an Advanced Apprentice. So, if you’re interested in Advanced, make sure you start with Foundation.

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An inside view

You’ve got the facts, but what could your day-to-day really look like with us? Hear it straight from our current apprentices:


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