Advice on offer at apprenticeship event

Published on 26 February 2016

YOUNG people will get the chance to find out more about higher apprenticeships in an event being held in Leicester city centre next week.

Leicester City Council’s Apprenticeship Hub is running an event on Monday, February 29, aimed at giving local school and college students the chance to find out more about apprenticeships with Barclays.

The event takes place at City Hall, in Charles Street, from 9am to 1pm, and will include members of Barclays HR team talking to about apprenticeship opportunities within the company. In addition, last year’s successful local applicants will be there to tell their stories.

It is open to any current A level or equivalent students.

Apprenticeship Hub manager Tracey Waterfield said: “Students currently working towards their exams will be deciding on their next steps and for those who want to get into paid employment, but still want to achieve a high level of skills, a higher level apprenticeship role could be just right.

“This is the second time the HR team from Barclays have visited Leicester to talk about this great programme.

“Anyone attending will get a real insight on how the application process works, and last year’s successful applicants from Leicester will be there to tell their stories.”

The Apprenticeship Hub is run by the city council’s economic development team, and provides information, advice and guidance to help young people find vacancies, make successful applications and improve their readiness for work. 

Leicester assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, Cllr Sue Waddington, added: “Higher apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a popular alternative to university, and this event is a great opportunity for young people who are thinking about an apprenticeship in the finance sector to find out what’s on offer at Barclays.” 

Shaun Meekins, from the Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, said: “Barclays are delighted to be visiting Leicester for the second year running, to share our apprenticeship opportunities and experience with local students.

“Aside from a wage from day one and on the job training, apprenticeships can provide young people with a qualification and the opportunity to boost their confidence in the workplace and jumpstart their career - without the debt.

“We want our programmes to be accessible to all and so offer a wide range of apprenticeships – from traineeships for candidates with no work experience to degree-level apprenticeships for those looking for an alternative to university.”

Students wanting to book a place for the event can do so at: apprenticeshiphub@leicester.gov.uk                                                                        

The Apprenticeship Hub will be holding a range of events during March culminating in National Apprenticeship Week, from March 14-18.

On March 24, the Hub100 event will give young people the chance to meet recruiters and employers. There are 100 jobs and 100 guaranteed interviews.

Find out more at leicester.gov.uk/apprenticeshiphub

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, visit www.Barclays.co.uk

For any Barclays enquiries contact Lisa Kennedy, Barclays Press Office, on 07775 548426 / lisa.kennedy@barclays.com

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