Barclays AFTER forms an important part of our Citizenship agenda and contributes to Barclays’ overall commitment to change 5 Million Young Futures. By helping military personnel translate and transfer their skill-sets of leadership, discipline, complex problem solving, work ethic and cultural values in a manner that resonates with a civilian employer the programme is positively impacting thousands of men and women.
We have certainly seen the benefits of employing many veterans through the programme in the past few years. They have come from a diversity of different backgrounds and experiences, but all would admit that their transition process back into civilian life and employment has been made considerably easier as a result of being assisted by Barclays AFTER.
The Barclays AFTER programme is underpinned by our own network of colleagues who have served in the armed forces of their nations as well as civilian colleagues who have an interest in supporting veterans. The Barclays Military Services Network is active in the UK and the United States and there are plans afoot to expand the network to colleagues further afield, such as India.
It is a great initiative and enthusiastically engaged with other diversity networks within Barclays, such as the Women’s Initiative Network (WiN); our disability network, Reach; and Spectrum, the Barclays network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.