Barclays Retail and Business Banking is creating 1,000 new apprenticeships that will offer young people the opportunity to build careers in the financial services industry.
The programme will launch in April, with the new roles based across England and Wales.
The bank will be recruiting based on aptitude and attitude, rather than experience and qualifications, giving specific focus to those not currently in employment, education or training.
Successful applicants will receive 12 months’ training and support and can progress to a permanent position.
During their training, apprentices will also work to achieve a competency qualification in financial services similar to an NVQ, a BTEC Award in customer service, and qualifications in numeracy and literacy.
A large number of the new opportunities will be based in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sunderland, Birmingham, London, Northampton and Coventry.
Commenting on the project, Antony Jenkins, chief executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, says: “As a large employer we want to create opportunities which raise young people’s skills and aspirations, and help them to support future prosperity.”
He adds: “We are really excited about this programme because it will give many young people their vital first job opportunity, which they can then go on to develop into rewarding long-term careers.”