Every year, through the AFTER programme, Barclays supports thousands of Servicemen and women with their transition into civilian employment after serving in the Armed Forces, and aims to highlight the economic value these highly skilled individuals can bring to the corporate world.
Established in 2010, Barclays AFTER helps to address the issues faced by ex, as well as current Service personnel – regardless of rank, Service or circumstance – in their transition, by providing work placements, direct employment opportunities, CV and interview coaching, and money management sessions, as well as millions in funding for education and vocational courses for Service Leavers through Service charity partnerships.
In addition to employability support, through AFTER, Barclays offers a number of bespoke banking services which help to make banking easier for the wider Armed Forces and veterans’ community.
Barclays knows that ex-military and Armed Forces members have outstanding experience, skills, and values. We have an exciting range of career opportunities through which you can develop within a supportive and dynamic environment. The Barclays AFTER Programme is designed to help you to assess your options and translate your skills in order to land the right job.
I’m proud of the difference we are making to the lives thousands of ex-service men and women. Through life skills training and education courses, work placements and permanent jobs, Barclays’ AFTER Programme is helping make the transition to civilian life less challenging.Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK
To see how the AFTER Programme has helped some individuals, take a look at our people's stories.
Tim joined the Navy when he was 20, where he qualified as an helicopter engineer. He was deployed across the Middle East, and left in August 2014. He joined Barclays shortly thereafter and became one of the first service leavers to join the Barclays Degree Programme, which offers a fast track into leadership and a sponsored university education.
While serving as a Platoon Commander in Afghanistan in September 2009, Will’s vehicle struck a roadside bomb, which resulted in a number of injuries and below-knee amputation of his left leg. Will became the first service person to join Barclays on a work placement and played a key role in the development of the AFTER programme. He went on to join Barclays full-time, holding roles in the Group CEO’s Chief of Staff Office and the Retail business area.
Will was injured in an IED blast whilst serving as a Troop Commander in Afghanistan in 2012 and spent the next 18 months recovering from his injuries in Headley Court. Whilst there, he secured an AFTER placement and joined Barclays in December 2013 in the Chief of Staff’s team in Wealth.
Whilst he was on his placement, he got the opportunity to network around the business and get invaluable first-hand experience of financial services. Subsequently, he interviewed for and successfully secured a role as a Business Analyst in Barclays WIM, where he is responsible for delivering large transformation change products within Wealth.
John served in The Scots Dragoon Guards, signing up in 1989 and retiring after a full career as Regimental Sergeant Major. During this time, he saw operational experience in Iraq (both deployments), Bosnia and Afghanistan.
John left the army earlier this year, determined to begin a second career in financial services and to dispel the myth that banking is not for all ranks and services. He joined Barclays in June 2015 as a Vice President Project Manager in IB Change. He recognises that Barclays’ cultural attitude towards ex-military is second-to-none and that has made his transition into civilian employment a very positive one.
Philip joined 4PARA in 1996 as a Full Time Reservist (FTRS) and deployed on two operational tours of Iraq and four of Afghanistan, before leaving his FTRS role as a Sergeant in 2014. Initially undecided on a future career, Phillip found out about AFTER at a networking event and through the programme identified that a career in financial services would be suitable due to the diverse nature of roles available.
Philip joined Barclays as a Project Manager in the Engineering, Environment & Facilities team in 2015, whilst continuing his service with 4PARA. Barclays promotes Reserve service amongst its employees and recognises the benefits of it to the individual, the business and the country.
Dan joined the Royal Engineers in 2002 and served for 13 years with the Explosive Ordnance Department, deploying on multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Due to injuries sustained, Dan was medically discharged as a Corporal in August 2015, however prior to this, he spent four months working on a project looking at how we can extend the work and support of AFTER to reach a greater number of veterans.
Through the experience Dan gained with Barclays, he secured a role as a Project Manager with service charity Walking With The Wounded and has now been seconded back to Barclays to continue working on the VETS programme.
The Barclays AFTER Programme supports everyone who has served in the military, whether regular or reserve. Barclays operates throughout the UK and globally, offering a huge variety of roles.
These take place two or three times a year in either London or Glasgow. The MTD consists of a series of presentations about Barclays, given by senior leaders, highlighting the transferable skills that Service personnel have and how they fit into financial services. The final presentation outlines live roles that are available to Service Leavers and veterans and how to go about applying. The day concludes with an informal networking event, where delegates have the opportunity to talk to members of the Barclays Military Services Network and ask any questions about the transition from the military into financial services. Service Leavers and veterans with an interest in a career in financial services are greatly encouraged to attend a MTD. The next MTDs are scheduled to take place in February 2017 and you can register via CTP or directly through the AFTER team.
These are bespoke one or two day workshops tailored to the needs of the individual.
They are hosted at regular intervals – for more information about upcoming workshops and to register, please email the AFTER team.
The internship commences on Monday 4 July 2016, runs for 12 weeks (there is some flexibility in the duration, recognising that each indiviudal’s resettlement period is unique) and is open to any Service Leaver able to complete the placement whilst in the period of their Resettlement. As the placements are for those still in Service, they are unpaid and all costs are to be incurred as part of the individual’s Resettlement process.
Sponsored by the Barclays Executive Leadership team, the internship has senior level support.