Reopen the doors to work
Unemployment is a tricky thing at any age. Everyone wants you to have recent experience, but no-one’s willing to give you any. Well, we are. With Barclays Apprenticeships, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been unemployed or what skills you have. You might never have worked at all. We’re here to help you crack unemployment, and start building a career you can be proud of.
I’ve worked in a wide variety of industries over my life, from IT Management to Flight Safety. But then, almost overnight, I found myself unemployed and my life pretty much ground to a halt. I was applying for jobs and getting nowhere, and I’d started to seriously believe I’d never work again. Then my work coach in the Jobcentre mentioned Barclays Apprenticeships. It immediately piqued my interest, and I was one of the first to join the programme.
Before, I was just trying to fill my days – but now they’re jam-packed. I spend most of my time in the banking hall, helping customers with queries, maintaining the self-service machines, and guiding people through our new technology. I even man the hot desk for our personal bankers, and that’s seen me learn a lot more about other aspects of the banking world. I can’t believe the leaps forward I’ve made here. Apart from my recent graduation, I’ve also won awards for my service, and spoken to audiences from MPs to heads of industry.
Honestly, if someone had told me the things I’d achieve at this point in life, I never would have believed them. The Barclays Apprenticeship has absolutely restored my faith in myself and my abilities. It’s truly something special.
Brian, former Foundation Apprentice and current Advanced Apprentice
If you’ve been out of work or never had a job, our Foundation Apprenticeships are the route to a rewarding and lasting career. If you’re not ready to start straightaway, we’ll even set you up with a Traineeship beforehand to teach you basic workplace skills. You’ll have a job with good career progression, gain work experience and a qualification, and earn a competitive salary. Lasting up to three years, this two step programme will take you from Foundation to Advanced, and your age, background, experience and education will never hold you back.
Whether you left secondary school a couple of weeks ago or a couple of decades ago, it’s never too late to think about getting a degree or a professional qualification. If you’ve got at least 80 UCAS points (or predicted) from 2017 onwards; or, 200 UCAS points pre-2017; or at least a year’s work experience, then think about our Higher Apprenticeship. You’ll earn as you learn with us, setting yourself up with a permanent career.