Age is no barrier for our apprentices
When it comes to your potential, age just isn’t a factor for us. There’s no upper limit on any of our opportunities, whether you’re 55 or 85. A Barclays Apprenticeship is your opportunity to make the most of your experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re returning to work after early retirement or raising a family, looking for a career change, or stepping into finance for the first time – if you want to put your experience to use, come to Barclays.
Life before Barclays was hard as a mature job seeker. I’d been a carer for a while, and stopped working for a few years because of that, but once I started trying to get back into work, it was tough. I was trying a lot of back-to-work programmes, and the job centre, but it was a struggle. It was then that I found the Barclays Apprenticeship programme. When I applied, I was nervous, maybe a little bit excited – but if I’m absolutely honest, I never thought they would take someone my age with no banking background.
I was completely wrong about that one, obviously. Today, I’m an Essential Banker, and my main job is supporting customers with their day-to-day banking. I help them on the kiosk, at ATMs, and I’m particularly focussed on providing an engaging experience for our more mature customers. I even talk to some of them about considering an apprenticeship for themselves!
When I look back on what I’ve done since I started, I couldn’t be prouder of the decision I made. I completed my training, and I got to celebrate my graduation with my mother, my daughters, and my colleagues – and I can’t say how special that moment was for me.
Angela, former Apprentice now an Essential Banker
It doesn’t matter what age you are or what your experience is – if you want to enter (or reenter) the world of work, our Foundation Apprenticeship is your chance to do just that. Lasting up to three years, this two-step programme will take you from Foundation to Advanced, no matter what your background. With no qualifications required, you’ll have the opportunity to explore our bank, gain recognised qualifications, and find the support to discover your next steps with us – whether that’s a full-time job or a place on our Higher Apprenticeship.
No matter what age you are, 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. With our programme, you can earn as you learn, gaining a university-level or professional qualification as well as setting yourself up with a permanent career.