Vacancies Now Open for 1,000 Barclays Apprentices

01 Mar 2012 10:00 GMT

One thousand young people in the UK with no prior work experience or qualifications are being offered their crucial first career opportunity from today.

Applications are now open for the Barclays Apprenticeship Programme offering 1,000 places for young people to build a career in banking. The first Barclays apprentices to join the £20m programme will start work from the end of April.

Barclays Retail and Business Banking is specifically looking for people with no, or few, prior qualifications and experience as we believe that by providing additional training and mentoring we can develop young people's confidence and skills to make a real impact in tackling youth employment.

Successful applicants will:

• Receive a full salary commensurate with entry level positions;

• Benefit from twelve months dedicated training, support and mentoring;

• Be given the potential to progress to a permanent position;

• Work to achieve a competency qualification in Financial Services similar to an NVQ, a BTEC Award in Customer Service, and qualifications in numeracy and literacy.​

Barclays is investing over £20m in the first year to cover salaries and invest in the additional training and support that will help us to develop and nurture long-term talent for the business.

A large number of the new opportunities will be based in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sunderland, Birmingham, London, Northampton and Coventry. The roles on offer range across Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking division providing services to customers in Barclays branches as well as our operational and contact centres.

Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, said:

“Britain faces a real challenge with many young people who have potential and want to work but are currently struggling to get their first job opportunity.

“At Barclays our doors are wide open for people who are prepared to learn the ropes, work hard and provide great service to our customers even if they have not had a job before, because we want to support them to go on and develop fulfilling careers.

“Creating jobs is one of the best ways that banks can support our economy, and this ground-breaking programme will change lives for people who would not have had the opportunity to work in banking until now.”

Notes to Editors:

Notes to Editors:

1. Applications are open via the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide.

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