The AFTER programme is a pioneering initiative designed to assist in the transition of British Armed Forces personnel into civilian employment when their military careers have been cut short by injury.
It provides work placements, employment opportunities, CV writing, interview training, money management sessions as well as direct funding for education and vocational courses. The programme has additionally broadened its reach to support the wider military service leaver and reserve forces personnel, recognising the benefits and skills that this community can bring to the economy.
Stuart Tootal, Head of the Barclays AFTER programme said: “We have learned a lot from the ex-military personnel who have joined Barclays as part of the AFTER programme. They have given us a unique insight into the difficulties members of the British Armed Forces and their families face and we are determined to do what we can to address this.”
Signing the British Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is part of addressing these challenges. The Covenant serves to ensure that no member of the British Armed Forces Community faces disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen. Barclays will contribute to this by making everyday banking more accessible to those serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families serving and supporting the British Armed Forces. Initial changes include:
Mortgages and consumer loans
All applications from British Armed Forces personnel will be manually reviewed to prevent them being disadvantaged based on lack of an address history.
Contacting Barclays while on tour
Military personnel get only 30 minutes of telephone credit per week. We have worked with Astrium, the MoD telecoms provider, to make all calls to Barclays free for serving members of the military to help soldiers preserve phone credit for more meaningful conversations with loved ones.
Ken Bellringer, an injured solder who has participated in the AFTER Programme said: “It’s has been quite hard since I left Afghanistan, one of the biggest fears was what I was going to do to replace the career I’ve had. Since I’ve come here to work with the Barclays AFTER Programme, it’s given me the confidence so that I know I’ll be able to go out there and contribute to an employer.”