By Ben Simmons

Barclays Retail and Business Banking is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships and offering young people the opportunity to build careers in the financial services industry through a major programme launching in April.

The UK’s Minister for Skills, John Hayes welcomed the news, saying: “I am delighted that Barclays are investing in apprenticeships which will help them secure the high-quality skills they need to create economic growth and provide new pathways to excellence for the brightest and best young people.”

“Tackling youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the UK economy. As a large employer we want to create opportunities which raise young people’s skills and aspirations, and help them to support future prosperity.

The new drive will provide crucial opportunities for young people who are currently struggling to find work. Roles will be based across England and Wales and Barclays will be recruiting based on aptitude and attitude rather than experience and qualifications, giving specific focus to those not currently in employment, education or training.

Successful applicants will receive 12 months training and support and progress to a permanent position. During their training, apprentices will also 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.

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.

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