140 Barclays apprentices from across the country gathered at the House of Commons to celebrate the completion of their schemes. The graduation marks their cultivation of various skills required for a career in banking through a course of on-the-job training, resulting in either a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. 28 of the graduates have completed the Barclays three-year degree programme.
The apprenticeship graduates have gained experience across various divisions at the bank, including Barclaycard and Wealth. They have also been placed across branches, contact centres and within the bank’s operational teams.
Over 400 graduated Barclays apprentices
Following graduation, there are now over 400 people who have successfully graduated from the apprentice scheme. 65 people have also completed their degree programme.
Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive of Barclays and the new Minister of State for Skills Nick Boles MP were in attendance to congratulate the latest graduates, alongside the graduates’ friends and families.
“An important way of bringing new talent into the business”
The ceremony included a speech from Nick Boles MP: “I would like to congratulate all the young apprentices who graduated today. It is a testament to their hard work and achievements over the last year. I believe that apprenticeships are key in helping young people enter employment and get the skills employers need. That’s why the Government is committed to supporting businesses as they set up apprenticeship schemes and hire local young people. The Barclays programme is an example of what can be achieved and I urge more businesses to consider taking on an apprentice.”
Mike Thompson, Head of Apprentice Programme Barclays said: “Today gives us the opportunity to celebrate the hard work that our apprentices have done over the last year. We have been constantly impressed by their commitment and diligence and are looking forward to watching their careers progress with us. Today also highlights the importance of apprenticeships. Barclays will continue to invest in them as an important way of bringing new talent into the business. We encourage more businesses to take on apprentices and work with schools to ensure that all young people are aware of this important route into employment.”
Congratulations to the Barclays apprentices on their graduation!