Entering (or re-entering) the world of work can be a tough nut to crack. If you don’t have experience, how do you get any? And if your skills are rusty, where can you turn? Right here. 

Our Traineeship is a short course designed to give you the advice, techniques, experience and opportunity you need to get ready for work. All for free.

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About the programme

Our Traineeship will prepare you for the working world – and a career at Barclays. All you need to be is over 16, and either currently unemployed or with little to no work experience. Most importantly, you need to be keen to improve your skills, learn new ones, and find work. In other words, we’re looking for a spark of potential in you – and don’t worry, we’re good at spotting it, even if you’re not sure it’s there.

You’ll begin with a period of relaxed and informal training run by one of our external partners. This will last for up to five weeks, building your skills – things like making a great first impression and performing well in job interviews. If you need to develop your English or Maths skills, we’ll support you with those too.

Then it’s on to work experience, usually with Barclays. You’ll go on a placement that will last up to two weeks, depending on the amount of experience you have. During this placement you’ll watch and learn from others and get involved yourself. You’ll gain valuable exposure to the workplace, build your confidence and meet great new people. Then, once you’re trained and ready, we’ll set you up with an interview for our Foundation Apprenticeship.

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A career that keeps building

This isn’t just a few weeks of training: this is about building skills for a brilliant career. For many trainees, our Foundation to Advanced programme is next, and then onto the Higher Apprenticeship and full-time roles.

Here's how just two of our former Trainees are progressing:

Afam's story:

Before joining Barclays on my traineeship, I had certain ideas about what an apprenticeship would be. I didn’t think it would be real, actual work. But I was so wrong. 

Since I started, I’ve entered such a buzzing environment, full of ambitious people. And that’s driven me too – from Traineeship to Foundation to Advanced to Higher, I’ve kept moving forward. 

Now I’ve been put in a position that I could only have dreamed of four years ago. I feel that the future is bright at Barclays and already so many doors have opened for me. With this level of opportunity, it’s obvious that I’ve made the right choice. 

Afam, former Trainee and current Higher Apprentice

Download a transcript of Afam's video here

Paul's story:

When I first read about it, one of the things that interested me most about Barclays was the progression. The idea that each apprenticeship can run on straight into another opportunity, so that you’re never stuck or uncertain about where your career is leading.

Sure enough, after finishing my Traineeship here, I went straight onto the Foundation programme. Three months in, I’m helping customers, doing transfers, recommending insurance – and I’ve even won an award for demonstrating Barclays’ values.

Paul – Former Trainee, now a Foundation Apprentice

Download a transcript of Paul's video here

An inside view

You know the big picture now, but what’s it really like to experience an Apprenticeship with us? Let some of our Apprentices tell you about their experiences:

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Our traineeships are designed to help you learn and relearn the basic skills you need inside and outside the workplace. But you might still want a little more support, so for online advice that spans everything from CV building and interview tips to how to manage your online reputation, check out LifeSkills created with Barclays.  

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