Whether it’s providing accounting, advisory or reporting services, the exposure and experiences you build up here will shape the rest of your career. The same applies to the professional qualifications you’ll gain. We’re open to non-degree qualified candidates in their last year of school or college who have the required UCAS points. If you don’t have the required UCAS points, don’t worry; you can still apply if you have a years work experience. If you have neither you may want to explore our Foundation programme. Internal candidates who meet our criteria are also encouraged to apply. If you already have a degree-level qualification, we recommend you look at our graduate opportunities instead.
Here's what Craig had to say about his experience as an Apprentice working in Group Finance. You can also watch his video to find out even more and discover if it could be the right path for you.
I joined Barclays for the chance to progress my career and earn a good living – then I discovered the Group Finance Higher Apprenticeship. Having already worked in branch, I wanted a new challenge, and this would be the chance to learn how the mechanics of our financial operations actually work. On top of that, it would be the chance to get the professional qualification I’d always wanted.
Before I started the programme, I had no experience of the work I’d do – the spreadsheets, the analytical models, the core reporting tools involved. I’ve had to learn a lot of new skills and techniques, both for my day-to-day work and for my studies. I’ve had plenty of mentoring to get there though, and now I’m even supported to mentor others.
Honestly, gaining this kind of first-hand experience has been a total revelation. I’m not a “usual” apprentice by any means – a Music Tech student applying for Finance – but that’s the great thing. The Higher Apprenticeship is open to you if you’re willing to learn and work hard.
Craig, Group Finance Higher Apprentice
What to expect
Expect to spend four years building a broad knowledge of finance in general, and our business in particular. You’ll take on a range of roles in key teams within our business, where you’ll learn from experts and get involved in all kinds of financial work. The work you do will range from accounting and advisory to reporting, and it will benefit our customers, our regulators, our communities and your colleagues.
How you’ll develop
You’ll spend four years learning. With the support of your managers, your colleagues and a dedicated buddy, you’ll sharpen your financial skills on all kinds of projects and in all kinds of roles. You’ll become a qualified professional too, as you study towards achieving industry-recognised Accounting qualifications with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). And at the end of it all, you might even join our graduate programme or take on a full-time role with us.
Who thrives here?
Anyone who’s got the right attitude. You’ll be good with numbers and great with people – but you don’t need to have a lot of experience to show us that. You’ll do well if you’re ready to learn, and happy to take on any challenge that comes your way.
How can you prepare?
Our interviews aren’t about trying to trip you up. The fact is, we want everyone to do well. The more diverse talent we can enable, the better. That’s why we’ve put together an in-depth guide to our Higher Apprenticeship application process – so that you can prepare and get ready to succeed with us.
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Meet our Higher Apprentices
I’ve actually worked at Barclays for more than 10 years – first as a Cashier, then as a Moment Banker. I was eager to progress my career, but I made the decision to stay on in Retail until my children were old enough to give me more flexibility.
My current manager has regular catch ups with me to see how I’m getting on, and sometimes I think he has more belief in me than I do! I’ve always got someone looking out for me, making sure I’ve got time to study and putting me up for opportunities.
It’s been a life-changing experience. I have been put in a position that I could have only dreamt of, and I’ve made my family so proud.
I can see endless opportunities, with so many different routes I could take. I’m learning so much about myself throughout the whole process, and I hope that one day I can progress into Leadership and Management.