A Barclays colleague, who had joined the organisation as an apprentice, took centre stage in promoting private sector efforts to close the education and skills gap between north and south this week.
Natasha Lackenby, part of the Operational Communications and Planning team based in Middlesbrough, Teesside, helped launch a new report alongside former Chancellor George Osborne and other political and business leaders. She spoke to pupils at Hurworth School near Darlington about apprenticeship opportunities available to them, at the launch event for the Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s (NPP) Educating the North report.
Responding to the report, which called for businesses to step up engagement with young people to prepare them for work, Barclays pledged to support over 12,000 11+ year olds across the north of England in 2018. This figure, equal to the number of colleagues we employ across the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, is the latest in a programme of early careers support the bank has delivered across the UK over many years.