Military & Veterans Outreach
Military & Veterans Outreach is Barclays’ interface with all facets of our Armed Forces communities, creating opportunities to rise for Serving personnel, veterans, Reservists and the wider military family.
Barclays Military & Veterans Outreach (MVO) helps to address the issues faced by Service personnel and veterans as they transition into civilian life, and aims to highlight the economic value these highly skilled individuals can bring to the corporate world.
Through our various initiatives, Servicemen and women are able to learn more about – and take steps towards building – careers beyond the military, and ultimately land the right job.
Through MVO, Barclays also offers a number of innovative services which help make everyday banking easier for military personnel, as we recognise the diverse needs of the Armed Forces community.
AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) – Launched in 2010, AFTER helps to address the issues faced by Service personnel and veterans as they transition into civilian life and aims to highlight the economic value these highly skilled individuals can bring to the corporate world. Since 2013, more than 7,000 Servicemen and women have been supported by AFTER and over 600 veterans have secured jobs with Barclays.
AFB (Armed Forces Banking) – Launched in 2015, this innovative suite of banking products and services is designed to meet the unique needs of those Serving, veterans and forces families.
VETS (Veterans’ Employment Transition Support) – Launched in 2015, VETS is a collaborative employability initiative designed to help all veterans – regardless of rank, Service or circumstance – find the right job. Led and powered by Barclays, it is open to any employer keen to employ veterans and is the market leader in peer-to-peer mentoring for veterans in the UK.
Barclays’ innovative approach has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, with Barclays being awarded the highest level Gold Award.
Every year, through the AFTER programme, Barclays supports thousands of Servicemen and women with their transition into civilian employment after serving in the Armed Forces, and aims to highlight the economic value these highly skilled individuals can bring to the corporate world.
Barclays AFTER helps to address the issues faced by ex, as well as current Service personnel in their transition, by providing work placements, direct employment opportunities, CV and interview coaching, and money management sessions. Barclays also supports Reservist employees through a dedicated HR policy.
I am honoured that we are able to help so many ex-Servicemen and women with the transition into civilian employment through the Barclays AFTER Programme. Barclays is a better business thanks to the unique experiences and skills they bring.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Barclays is a founding partner of the Veterans’ Employment Transition Support (VETS) programme. VETS is a coalition of willing partners from the business sector, charity sector and the MOD to improve outcomes for veterans. It allows veterans to connect with mentors from across industry, attend ready to work initiatives and apply for veteran targeted jobs.
Barclays sees VETS as key to its strategy in employing more ex-military into the bank by ensuring that candidates are well prepared and applying for the right jobs. If you are interested in applying for a role at Barclays please go to veteranemployment.co.uk to start your journey.
Barclays Military Talent Scheme
The Barclays Military Talent Scheme (MTS) is open to any Service Leaver – regardless of Service, rank or experience - who is in their Resettlement period for the duration of the scheme.
Barclays values your expertise and skill set
At Barclays, we recognise that Service personnel have outstanding experience, transferable skills and core Values that can add significant value to the commercial sector. From leadership skills to strategic thinking and problem solving, the strengths displayed by Service Leavers and Veterans are highly transferable into Financial Services.
About the Barclays Military Talent Scheme
The Military Talent Scheme is hosted twice a year, runs for 8 – 12 weeks (we recognise every resettlement journey is unique, so there is considerable flexibility on a case-by-case basis) and is open to any Service Leaver able to complete the placement whilst in the period of their Resettlement. As the placements are for those still in Service, all costs are to be incurred as part of the individual’s Resettlement process.
Placements are available across Barclays business areas with locations spread across our UK locations.
Depending on past experience, transferable skills and applicant interests, you will be matched to an appropriate placement. This will be discussed and agreed during the application stages and subsequent interviews.
We invest in the development of our colleagues to make sure we have the most dedicated and driven people in the market and this opportunity may be a stepping stone to a future career in Barclays.
However, applicants should be aware from the outset that whilst the MTS provides a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in a corporate environment, there is no guarantee that it will lead to full-time employment with Barclays.
No prior experience of the Financial Services sector is expected or required, rather we are looking for candidates with potential. Our aim is to provide you with a platform on which to hone your skills and abilities and highlight the breadth of your transferable skills.
The Military Talent Scheme aims to support the transition in to the civilian workplace, by providing the following:
Corporate acumen: Participants will broaden their knowledge of the Financial Services industry and develop an understanding of the corporate environment
In-depth experience: Participants will have the opportunity to leverage their skills and gain sector experience by undertaking a role as part of a permanent team
Networking: Participants will attend speaker sessions hosted by senior leaders across the bank, have the opportunity to ‘shadow’ key business people and also attend regular networking events
Mentors: Participants will each be assigned a mentor to support them throughout their placement, commencing directly after acceptance on to the programme
Setting up for success: Participants will attend CV and interview skills workshops and will be guided through the internal jobs board – and given full access – to understand how their skills align to open roles
From 1 October 2019, we will be accepting applications for the Military Talent Scheme Spring Cohort 2020. Candidates must apply via the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP), providing a CV and Covering Letter. The closing date for applications for the Spring Cohort will close on Monday 20 January 2020. We will open the application window for the Military Talent Scheme Autumn Cohort 2020 on 1 April 2020.
Do I need to do the Full 12 weeks?
The minimum duration is 8 weeks.
Is the opportunity Available for Veterans?
Unfortunately not. Due to Barclays anti-exploitation policy, we do not offer unpaid work experience, and therefore, the scheme is only open to those in their final year of Service where they are able to negotiate time away from their military chain of command.
Are there opportunities across the UK?
Yes, The MTS runs across all of Barclays geographical locations, where suitable placements can be secured.
Does the programme run in the USA?
No, the MTS doesn’t currently run in the US, but we are planning to launch in 2020.
How do I apply?
Applications go directly through the CTP, to ensure candidates fit eligibility criteria.
What if my Resettlement dates don’t match?
There is considerable flexibility in start and end dates and applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
I only have 5 weeks’ resettlement, can I still apply?
The minimum duration is 8 weeks
What placements are available?
There a range of placements available across a wide variety of business areas, but they vary from scheme to scheme, depending on candidate fit and business need.
Is the placement paid?
All candidates must be employed by the Mod for the duration of their placement
Can I Apply for a specific business area?
Your application is to the central MTS, but as part of the process you may indicate any specific areas of interest you may have and this will be taken into consideration as part of the placement process.
CV and Interview Master Class
This one-day workshop will help you refine your CV as your primary marketing tool and give you techniques for success in job interviews. A unique opportunity for you to experience being interviewed in a challenging environment by Barclays Senior Leaders. To register to attend workshops in 2020, please e-mail AFTERProgramme@barclayscorp.com
Change Management Workshop
This is an opportunity to gain an insight into the change delivery process within Barclays, the variety of roles available within change and understand how your military skills translate in to these roles. You will also have the opportunity to discuss what senior leaders look for when recruiting and the chance to review and update your CV. This workshop is relevant for Service Leavers and Veterans interested in understanding more about roles in Change and Project Management at Barclays.
To register for workshops being delivered in 2020, please e-mail AFTERProgramme@barclayscorp.com
Barclays Military Talent Days - Various UK Locations - 23 April 2020
The Barclays Military Talent Day (MTD) consists of a series of presentations about the different business units and functions within Barclays. The presentations are delivered by senior leaders and highlight the transferable skills that service personnel can bring to Barclays. The presentations also outline the various entry routes into Barclays for both service leavers and veterans. The day concludes with an informal networking event, allowing delegates to talk to members of the Barclays Military Network and hear more about their transition from the military into civilian employment. Service leavers and veterans who wish to understand more about careers within the financial services sector are encouraged to attend. Please note this event is only open to those who have served in the armed forces, either in the UK or abroad. You will need to register to attend this event. The registration window will open on 23rd December 2019.
What is the dress code?
Are there ID requirements to enter the event?
Yes, please bring photo ID for entry into Barclays Offices
Is the event accessible by wheelchair?
Yes the venues are fully accessible by wheelchair