As the name suggests, our Foundation Apprenticeship is all about giving you the foundation to build a trailblazing career at Barclays. It's a chance to move forward and achieve your ambitions - at any point in your life. As a Foundation Apprentice, you'll take on a role in one of our business areas (we'll tell you more about that later) and work towards professional qualifications. All with constant support and plenty of personalised training.
How is my programme structured?
Our Foundation Apprenticeship is the start of a programme (lasting a maximum of 2 years) that will build your skills and set you on the path to becoming a fully-fledged professional. You’ll gain professional qualifications equivalent to two A Levels, and you’ll even be a full-time employee from day one, which means you don’t have to apply for a job with us at the end: you’ll already have one.
You’ll learn alongside the people you’ll be working with day-to-day – getting the same professional training as they do. You’ll even benefit from one-to-one training and tuition, and have dedicated mentors (both inside and outside of Barclays) to turn to for advice and guidance.
We’ll support you with both your work and your studies, with time set aside at work for you to complete your assignments. Our training is going digital (just like our customers), so we’ve developed a new e-learning platform you can access on the go, for help in your studies. We’ll also sign you up for the Digital Driving Licence - an innovative virtual way to learn new skills to then inspire our customers and colleagues.
Towards the end of your Foundation Apprenticeship we’ll put together a portfolio of evidence that you’re ready to move forward. That will include observations about your progress from your manager and your Talent Coach; statements from you about what you’ve learned; customer comments; a copy of the Personal Development Plan you’ve set with your manager, and chats with both you and your team about your knowledge.
What do I need?
Some of our programmes have minimum entry requirements, others don't. Here's exactly what you need for each Foundation Apprenticeship:
- For roles in Operations and Technology, you need five GCSEs at A*-C (9-5) including Maths and English (or equivalent)
Who thrives here?
Inquisitive, conscientious and raring to go - that's you. You're ready to discover new things, about yourself and within your role. To us, it all comes down to your attitude, commitment and will to succeed. Think of it this way: whether the apprenticeship is your first job out of school or your last before you retire, you're welcome here.
We'll be opening applications for our Foundation programmes later this year - click below to register your interest.
With home markets in the UK and US, Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management.
With over 325 years of expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries, employing around 83,500 people to help move, lend, invest and protect money for customers and clients worldwide.
About our Technology pathway
Why build a career in Technology in our global business? Because this is where some of the industry’s biggest innovations were born – and you could create the next. Join us and work alongside industry experts who are behind major leaps in FinTech. You’ll be following our innovative learning programme which includes on-the-job training and valuable hands-on experience.
Our Technology pathway spans different business areas, including:
- Technology Analyst
- Technology Developer
Foundation Apprenticeships in Technology are available in Knutsford (Radbroke) and Northampton.
Where you’ll be based
Northampton is a key strategic hub, and home to a community of over 3,000 talented people. Our team is behind global business developments such as fraud leveraging machine learning, and redesigning technology for the contact centre of the future. With so much happening, it’s the ideal place for a diverse career path.
You’ll find our brilliant Barclays minds in our lakeside office, built in 1996. It’s not only environmentally friendly, but also people-friendly too. Here, we encourage wellbeing – from mental health to healthy living to health awareness.