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We are best known as one of the world’s leading banks; a far-reaching global financial services organisation, with 147,000 colleagues in over 50 countries serving more than 48 million customers. Barclays Retail and Business Banking provides banking and credit card solutions and services to personal and small business customers.

We’re an impressively diverse and successful business and our plans for tomorrow are even bolder. We want to be seen as the go-to bank in all our chosen markets and sectors: the bank that plays a valued role in society and that customers around the world actively choose to deal with. 

The breadth of our operation, together with the strength of our reputation, gives us the platform to build on our current success. It will take even bigger ideas, bigger vision and bigger ambition to achieve even more in the future.

We operate through two customer ‘Clusters’. One is Retail and Business Banking (RBB); the other, Barclays Corporate, Investment Banking and Wealth Management (CIBWM). Both operate through a number of Business Units.

Retail and Business Banking
Barclays RBB comprises of four business units employing more than 90,000 people in 22 countries:
UK Retail and Business Banking
Africa Retail and Business Banking
Europe Retail and Business Banking

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Spring Programmes in Europe
Improve your outlook in just one week. Give us a week in spring, and we can show you the ins and outs of a large, successful, multinational business.

Through work shadowing, workshops, interactive skills sessions and networking opportunities, you’ll gain an incredible insight into a career in the financial world. There will be presentations, case studies, an assessment centre survival workshop and even a few social events.

At the end, you’ll have a clear idea of what we do and where you might fit. If you take part in our Spring Programme you’ll automatically be considered for a summer internship the following year.

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Early Careers and School Leaver Programmes
Grow with Barclays. Brighten up your future. Starting today. Leaving school? Take advantage of a rare opportunity to add to your experience and kick-start your career with a global bank.

We’ve created an innovative development programme that will help you not only gain paid work, but also gain insight into a major global business and study for a sponsored degree and fast-track yourself into a leadership role.

Offering both a fast track into leadership and a sponsored degree, this is a great way into our business. The programme has been developed in partnership with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University and Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University. You’ll learn, earn, and get a degree – all in just three years. And you’ll gain everything you need to become a leader in Barclays.

Nottingham Business School
Enrolling on a BA (Hons) Business Management (in-company) degree course, you’ll spend your first year studying full time in Nottingham. You’ll be work-based for your second and third years, although you will return to Nottingham to attend two one-week study blocks.

Lord Ashcroft International Business School
On this programme you’ll complete a three-year BA (Hons) in Management and Leadership. You’ll be work-based and employed by Barclays from day one, but there will be study blocks to attend at the Business School – three two-week blocks in your first year, and two two-week blocks in your second and third years.

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What’s on offer?
This is a unique programme to recruit young people aged 16 plus based on their attitude and potential rather than experience or qualifications. On the Barclays Apprenticeship you will work towards the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Providing Financial Services (Retail Banking).  With support from your manager and sessions from our trainers, you can be sure you’ll receive the help you need to study for the Apprenticeship, so if you think this is something that you would like to do after school, or  you are currently reviewing your options for education, employment or training, then this could be exactly what you are looking for, apply now.

What skills will you need?
We believe it is attitude and potential that makes our Apprentices successful.  There are not any entry requirements to start the scheme, but it is important that the people who work for Barclays:

  • Are committed to delivering outstanding customer service
  • Have a can do attitude
  • Are able to communicate well with a wide variety of people
  • Can work on their own initiative
  • Are motivated and willing to put in effort to develop the skills the business needs
  • Enjoy working as a team
  • Are organised and can manage their work

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Our Committment to your Career
The Graduate Programme begins with a one to six week training programme. This provides the opportunity to get to grips with the work involved in your department, as well as allowing you to start building up your professional network with others from the graduate intake.

Once you have joined your department, the training you will undergo becomes more in-depth and will cover everything from soft skills to technical expertise. As we want to support your professional development every step of the way, you will also be able to study for relevant professional qualifications throughout the Graduate Programme.

Through the ‘buddy’ system and the mentor assigned to you from senior management, your career development will be actively supported.

Business Areas

  • Corporate Banking – providing financial services to businesses. This two and a half year rotational programme consists of three, ten month placements from a selection of five business areas.
  • Investment Banking – servicing the complex needs of corporations and governments by managing, protecting and investing their money.
  • Retail and Business Banking – serving nearly 50 million customers in over 50 countries. The Future Leaders Development Programme is a two year scheme that puts you on a fast track to a career as a leader with Barclays, gaining experience of a wide variety of business areas and strategic considerations.
  • Wealth and Investment Management – managing funds as part of the largest UK wealth management organisation and a global leader in investments. Having completed a six week induction in London, you will develop your technical expertise with a two year placement with the Specialist Product and Advisory team. Interacting with clients is a key skill in this area, and you may choose to focus on this for your second year with the team.
  • Global Business Functions – ensuring the efficient operation of the bank across all business areas. Opportunities in this vital sector are available in Human Resources, Compliance, Marketing, Strategic Analytics, Technology and others.

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