140 Barclays apprentices graduate at Westminster

140 young people have graduated from their Barclays apprenticeships at a ceremony held at the House of Commons.

Nick Boles MP, spoke at this year’s ceremony and congratulated the young graduates, who will receive a range of qualifications including Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships, with 28 of those graduating have been on the three-year degree programme at Barclays.

The graduates gained their qualification by working across various divisions at Barclays including Barclaycard and Wealth, as well as branches, contact centres and within operational teams. They are all now guaranteed permanent jobs with Barclays. There are now over 400 young people who have successfully graduated from the apprentice programme, plus a further 65 from the degree programme at the bank.

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.”