Barclays Foundation Apprenticeships

Trying to enter or re-enter the world of work and don’t know where to start? Right here. If you’re over 16 and have fewer than two A-Levels, this is the programme for you. It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you come from, how long you’ve been out of work – this is the chance to move forward and start building a career to be proud of. No qualifications necessary.

Me, an apprentice at a bank?

Absolutely. We’ll give you all the training you need, even if you’ve never thought of a career in banking before. And if you’ve got no work experience at all, we’ll even start you on a Traineeship before you interview for the programme. It’s a free course, lasting up to five weeks, where we’ll help you learn and refresh essential skills from workplace etiquette to interview technique. You’ll also get some work experience as part of the course. Then, when you’re ready, we’ll set you up with an interview for the Foundation programme.

What’s involved in the programme?

When you start, you’ll spend between 12 and 24 months on the Foundation programme, working in a real role within our bank. Over that time, you’ll have our full support to grow both as a professional and as a person. Together with on-the-job training, you’ll study towards an A-level equivalent qualification. Dedicated mentors will look after you at every step, and you’ll grow both your confidence and your career.

Key facts:

– No qualifications necessary

– Pre-interview training

– 12-24 month programme

– Working in a real role in our retail bank

– Support to study for an A-Level (or equivalent)

– Dedicated mentors at every step

– Next steps: Advanced Apprenticeships or full-time roles.

What are we looking for?

Anyone can be our apprentice, but with our net cast so wide, what exactly are we looking for? Just one thing – potential. You don’t need any experience at all, but we want to see that you’ll grab every opportunity that comes your way. It’s a certain kind of spark, and we know it when we see it – even if you don’t know you have it.

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