Older Worker Schemes

Barclays Bolder Apprentices Scheme Launched for Older Workers

September 2015

Barclays has announced details of an age friendly scheme called Bolder Apprentices, aimed at our community of older workers, by targeting people between the ages 24 and 65. This initiative is a great opportunity for older workers to start a new career or return to work in a number of divisions by learning the ropes as a trainee.

By launching this initiative Barclays is making careers in Banking and Financial Services more accessible to everyone, diluting the myth that an apprenticeship career in banking requires experience and qualifications, or indeed youth, as Barclays recruits purely on potential.

Mike Thompson, Director of Apprenticeships at Barclays is a keen advocate of utilizing older workers and commented on the creation of Bolder Apprenticeships by stating that;

“Once out of work, older workers face a much tougher task to find the opportunities to get back into full employment again. We believe that age or social circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier or deciding factor in finding a viable route to employment. Reskilling can be achieved at any age. Barclays has launched the Bolder Apprenticeship programme to demonstrate our commitment to creating career opportunities regardless of age. From today, we want to start a conversation with other businesses to increase collaboration, regardless of sector or industry, to address how we can maximise the valuable contribution older workers make.”

The Bolder apprenticeship programme has been met with praise by Baroness Ros Altmann; Minister for Pensions. She stated that;

“Having a diverse workforce – including an age diverse workforce – enables a business to reflect its customer base; to better understand and better serve its whole range of clients. I am delighted that Barclays has recognised this and is actively seeking to recruit people of all ages.

“As we can look forward to living longer, we need to re-think what ‘old’ looks like – the traditional stereotypes of people over 50 no longer apply. It is never too late to learn new skills, take on new challenges and live life to the full.”

To find out more, visit Barclays.co.uk/apprenticeships

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