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Barclays and Enactus

Citizenship is a fundamental part of how Barclays operates and how we aim to improve the world and communities around us. That’s why we’ve launched our Shared Growth Ambition. Our strategy is simple. When our customers and clients thrive, so do we. When the communities we work in thrive, so do we. This means that our interns and graduates have the opportunity to contribute something vital.

Nicola Armstrong

'Whilst at university I chose to dedicate my summer to our Enactus projects rather than an internship. I was concerned this was a risk: internships are seen as an essential step to getting onto a top graduate scheme and if you did not get one, chances of gaining a place were slimmer. However, when applying to the Barclays graduate scheme, I used my extensive experience in Enactus to answer the interview questions. The examples I could give for different competencies were strong and unique, so my involvement in Enactus was instrumental in getting onto the scheme.’

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Barclays has decided to partner with Enactus UK to support the development of a series of sustainable community projects. Each one aims to achieve financial security and stability for the communities in which they are run. Our expertise will help provide financial modelling and business coaching to new and early-stage Enactus projects.

Through dedicated coaching and mentoring, the aim is to give Enactus community projects the tools and resources needed to develop an even more sustainable and robust business model. Enactus UK teams that are most successful at achieving a sustainable business model may be offered the opportunity to receive additional grant funding and awards from Barclays.

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Enactus projects

Last year, our 57 Enactus Teams improved the lives of over 40,000 people with projects like these:

Cameroon

One Enactus team runs an innovative bio-sand filtration system in Cameroon. It’s a system that doesn’t just provide sorely needed local employment; it also provides safe drinking water to thousands of people across the country.

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Living without light is a reality for thousands in the Kenyan neighbourhood of Kibera - the largest urban slum in Africa. Inhabitants often spend 30% of their income on kerosene fuel – a substance that comes with dangerous health implications. To tackle this, an Enactus team set up solar entrepreneurs who purchase and sell three innovative products which eradicate kerosene usage: solar lamps, solar cookers and solar bottles.

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Refugees and asylum seekers often lack the skills and knowledge to gain employment and integrate into society. Looking to tackle this, an Enactus team created a soap enterprise which provides refugees and asylum seekers with an integration development plan, as well as paid work experience.

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Helping Hands bridges the gap to employment by providing mentoring and employment through a cleaning enterprise. The team partners with local hotels to provide industry leading training and beneficiary employment is sustained through multiple contracts.

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