Barclays launch 1,000 apprenticeships to tackle youth unemployment
Thursday, 1 March 2012 5:27 PM
Barclays has announced a £20 million programme that it is offering 1,000 new apprenticeships to young people with no prior experience or qualifications.
Barclays has launched an apprenticeship programme for 1,000 young people
Barclays Apprenticeship Programme is open from today and is designed to give young people their first crucial opportunity to carve out a career in banking. The first successful applicants will begin working from the end of April.
The offer is open to join Barclays Retail or Business Banking divisions and applicants can apply through the National Apprenticeship Service website.
New apprentices will be paid an entrance level salary, receive dedicated training, support and mentoring and be given the chance to progress to a permanent position.
Trainees will work towards receiving a qualification in financial services similar to an NVQ. They could also pass qualifications in numeracy and literacy and receive a BTEC award.
Opportunities will be available in London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Northampton and Coventry.
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.”
The roles on offer range across providing services to customers in Barclays’ branches as well the its operational and contact centres.
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