Barclays opens doors to 75 apprentices in the North East

This year, Barclays will give 75 young people in the North East the chance to start an apprenticeship with the company. Candidates will work across the business, with 65 being based at the company’s Sunderland Contact Centre, and the rest throughout regional branches.

Apprentices will study for a year and receive training ‘soft skills’ focused on customer experience, as well in the technology used by the business. They will receive full pay equivalent to that of a new joiner as well as support from regular meetings to one-to-one mentoring.

Christine Allenson, site manager at Sunderland, said: “The most motivating aspect of our apprenticeship programme is seeing young people, especially those who perhaps didn’t achieve academically, grow in confidence and aspiration. The apprentices we have on site at Sunderland have achieved fantastic results and are a real asset to the organisation; I’m incredibly excited to welcome the next intake. Our goal is to help our apprentices grow with us, not just in the skills they learn, but in the confidence they gain, as well as to help them build a bright future.”

“In the candidates, we’re looking to see values and a drive to do the right thing for customers, rather than academic qualifications. It makes such a difference for people to have somebody to believe in them. That is one of the greatest things we can give to them.”

An additional scheme for people returning to work or changing careers is to be announced later this year.