Barclays colleagues in Uganda have hosted a job shadow programme for more than 60 secondary school students.
The initiative, organised earlier this week in partnership with youth charity Junior Achievement Worldwide, offered participants a chance to learn more about how banks operate and the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Students had the opportunity to interact with Barclays employees at different offices, departments and branches.
Some participants improved their communication skills by helping to draft and amend responses to customer complaints, while others gained a better understanding of the financial sector by working with the Compliance team to learn more about Barclays relationship with the country’s financial regulator, the Bank of Uganda.
In the Retail Distribution and Support department, students found out more about topics such as how SWIFT international payments and telegraphic transfers are made, internet banking, home loans, and market making.
Participants also spent the day with the Human Resources team to learn about the code of conduct for Barclays employees and the qualifications needed to undertake particular roles.
Charles Ongwae, Managing Director of Barclays Uganda, said: “Barclays is committed to empowering the youth of Uganda through skills development and work readiness. We hope the students experience at Barclays will inspire them to pursue careers in the banking industry and explore the world of finance.”
Robinah Sebyayi Nsangi, Junior Achievement’s National Programmes Director, thanked Barclays for giving students a unique opportunity to be exposed to the real work environment: “We engage this energetic group and nurture them to become Uganda’s future workforce. Our aim is to impact at least one million youths, in the next five years, with both in-school and out-school initiatives.”
Angela Nassanga, a student from Bishop Sisto Mazoldi High School and mentee to Isabelle Omara, Risk Control Rigour Manager, beamed with excitement about her job shadow experience: “Isabella endeavoured to teach me so many things and I also had the chance to sit in on meetings.”
In addition to Bishop Sisto Mazoldi High School, participants in this week’s job shadowing initiative were also from St Lawrence Horizon, Gayaza High School, Good Shepherd High School, Seeta High School, Nabisunsa Girls School, and Muhanguzi High School.
The job shadowing event is the second organised by Barclays in Uganda this year.
It is part of Barclays £1.5m partnership with Junior Achievement, a charity which aims to educate students around the world about workplace readiness, promoting entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The partnership forms part of Barclays community investment programme, which focuses on enterprise, employment, financial capability and financial inclusion, supporting disadvantaged people to build the confidence and skills to achieve financial independence and security.
In 2010, Barclays invested £55.3m in community programmes, supporting more than 62,000 employees in helping 1.5 million people in disadvantaged communities around the world.