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.
Military & Veterans Outreach (MVO) 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 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.
For over 10 years, our MVO initiatives have supported Servicemen and women are able to learn more about – and take steps towards building – careers beyond the military, and ultimately land the right job. Barclays’ innovative approach has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, with Barclays being awarded the highest level Gold Award. Barclays has expanded its formal pledge beyond the UK to support US Armed Forces communities – through MVO – signing commitments supported by the US Department of Defense, including the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support and Military Spouse Employment Partnership Commitment. This support has been recognized in the US through the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Military and Veterans Outreach consists of the following areas:
AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) UK – AFTER supports service personnel through its various outreach activities, including CV & Interview workshops and its Military Talent Scheme, which offers a 12 week secondment into Barclays. Since 2013, more than 7,000 Servicemen and women have been supported by AFTER and over 600 veterans have secured jobs with Barclays. AFTER US - Supports opportunities to rise for veterans, military spouses and members of the Guard & Reserves in the US. In addition to AFTER, the bank provides support including: a comprehensive military leave policy, onboarding resources, and support for veteran business owners. MVO-US works with VSO partners nationally and in the communities in which we do business.
AFB (Armed Forces Banking) UK – 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
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.
Armed Forces Banking
Whether you’re in, or have left, the Armed Forces, we’ve got a range of services to help you square away your banking needs.
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 runs for 8 – 12 weeks. We recognise every resettlement journey is unique, so we aim to provide opportunities to join the scheme throughout the year. The scheme 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
We are currently accepting applications for the Military Talent Scheme. Candidates must apply via the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) - RightJob Number N326030; you will also find further details on the application process and submit your application. IMPORTANT – Your application must be submitted at least 10 weeks before your preferred start date.
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.
Listen to some of our previous scheme participants
In these unprecedented times our dedicated Military & Veterans Outreach team are continuing to support our military community with transitioning into civilian work life and are hosting a number of virtual sessions. These virtual sessions hosted by colleagues are being held to provide our military community with an insight and education into the types of areas and roles across Barclays.
Our first series of webinars have come to an end but if you would like to register interest for future sessions please email us at AFTERProgramme@barclayscorp.com
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 the workshop on 4 November 2020, please e-mail AFTERProgramme@barclayscorp.com
Barclays Military Talent Day – Online Event - 21 October 2020
The Barclays Military Talent Day (MTD) provides an opportunity for service personnel, veterans and military spouses and partners interested in Financial Services to get an insight into the sector. This on-line event commences with an overview of Barclays and the diverse business units and functions across the business. You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of Barclays colleagues, as well members of the Barclays Military Network, who will share their experiences of transitioning from the military into civilian employment and highlight the transferrable skills that service personnel can bring to the business.
This on-line event will run simultaneously with MTD events in England, Scotland and the US. The format of each event will be broadly similar, with location specific information at each event. Details on how to join this on-line event will be sent to you separately, at least one week in advance of the event.
Please note this event is only open to those who have served in the Armed Forces and their spouses and partners.
Military Talent Scheme – Insight Session 2nd November 1100-1200 GMT
Following on from the Barclays Military Talent Day this event will specifically look at the Military Talent Scheme, giving you a more in depth understanding of how the scheme works.
VETS – Insight Session 6th November 1000-1100 GMT
Following on from the Barclays Military Talent Day this event will specifically look at VETS, giving you a more in depth understanding of how the programme works.
Military Spouses & Partners – Insight Session 9th November 1100-1200 GMT
Following on from the Barclays Military Talent Day this event will specifically look at the support in place for Military Spouses and Partners within Barclays.
North West of England – Insight Session 5th November 1530-1700 GMT
Following on from the Barclays Military Talent Day this event will focus on a number of Barclays business areas in the North West of England.
Significant time, effort and resource is put into running this event and spaces are limited. If you are unable to attend please contact the event host directly or use the Eventbrite cancel ticket functionality.
Cancellations will be accepted at any time, however, if you register and fail to sign in to the event on the day without prior notice, you may not be eligible to attend future events. It is understood that operational requirements may prevent you from attending at short notice. You can register for any of the events here: https://events.barclays.com/barclaysmilitarytalentday