After Programme

Opportunities for veterans

Barclays supports thousands of Servicemen and women with their transition into employment after serving in the Armed Forces

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.

Established in 2010, Barclays AFTER helps to address the issues faced by ex, as well as current Service personnel – regardless of rank, Service or circumstance – in their transition, by providing work placements, direct employment opportunities, CV and interview coaching, and money management sessions, as well as millions in funding for education and vocational courses for Service Leavers through Service charity partnerships.

In addition to employability support, through AFTER, Barclays offers a number of bespoke banking services which help to make banking easier for the wider Armed Forces and veterans’ community.

Our AFTER people

To see how the AFTER Programme has helped some individuals, take a look at our people's stories.

  • Tim Kemp

    Tim Kemp

    Tim joined the Navy when he was 20, where he qualified as an helicopter engineer. He was deployed across the Middle East, and left in August 2014. He joined Barclays shortly thereafter and became one of the first service leavers to join the Barclays Degree Programme, which offers a fast track into leadership and a sponsored university education.

  • Will Dixon
    Will Dixon

    Will Dixon

    While serving as a Platoon Commander in Afghanistan in September 2009, Will’s vehicle struck a roadside bomb, which resulted in a number of injuries and below-knee amputation of his left leg. Will became the first service person to join Barclays on a work placement and played a key role in the development of the AFTER programme. He went on to join Barclays full-time, holding roles in the Group CEO’s Chief of Staff Office and the Retail business area.

  • Will Smethurst
    Will Smethurst

    Will Smethurst

    Will was injured in an IED blast whilst serving as a Troop Commander in Afghanistan in 2012 and spent the next 18 months recovering from his injuries in Headley Court. Whilst there, he secured an AFTER placement and joined Barclays in December 2013 in the Chief of Staff’s team in Wealth.

    Whilst he was on his placement, he got the opportunity to network around the business and get invaluable first-hand experience of financial services. Subsequently, he interviewed for and successfully secured a role as a Business Analyst in Barclays WIM, where he is responsible for delivering large transformation change products within Wealth.

  • John Chantry

    John Chantry

    John served in The Scots Dragoon Guards, signing up in 1989 and retiring after a full career as Regimental Sergeant Major. During this time, he saw operational experience in Iraq (both deployments), Bosnia and Afghanistan.

    John left the army earlier this year, determined to begin a second career in financial services and to dispel the myth that banking is not for all ranks and services. He joined Barclays in June 2015 as a Vice President Project Manager in IB Change. He recognises that Barclays’ cultural attitude towards ex-military is second-to-none and that has made his transition into civilian employment a very positive one.

  • Phillip Simpson
    Philip Simpson

    Phillip Simpson

    Philip joined 4PARA in 1996 as a Full Time Reservist (FTRS) and deployed on two operational tours of Iraq and four of Afghanistan, before leaving his FTRS role as a Sergeant in 2014. Initially undecided on a future career, Phillip found out about AFTER at a networking event and through the programme identified that a career in financial services would be suitable due to the diverse nature of roles available.

    Philip joined Barclays as a Project Manager in the Engineering, Environment & Facilities team in 2015, whilst continuing his service with 4PARA. Barclays promotes Reserve service amongst its employees and recognises the benefits of it to the individual, the business and the country.

  • Dan Ireton
    Dan Ireton

    Dan Ireton

    Dan joined the Royal Engineers in 2002 and served for 13 years with the Explosive Ordnance Department, deploying on multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Due to injuries sustained, Dan was medically discharged as a Corporal in August 2015, however prior to this, he spent four months working on a project looking at how we can extend the work and support of AFTER to reach a greater number of veterans.

    Through the experience Dan gained with Barclays, he secured a role as a Project Manager with service charity Walking With The Wounded and has now been seconded back to Barclays to continue working on the VETS programme.

Further support and related programmes

Barclays Military Talent Scheme

The Barclays Military Talent Scheme (formerly known as the Barclays Military Internship) will run from Monday 25th March 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019.  The programme runs for 10 – 12 weeks (exact duration will be confirmed 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.  Placements are available across Barclays business areas with locations spread across the UK.

  • Depending on past experience, transferable skills and the applicant’s 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.  This opportunity could be a stepping stone to a future career in Barclays.  The 2018 Military Talent Programme saw a successful conversion rate in excess of 90% into full-time positions
  • No prior experience of the Financial Service sector  is expected or required. We are looking for candidates with real potential. We aim to provide you with a platform on which to hone your skills and abilities.

Sponsored by the Barclays Executive Leadership team, the Military Talent Programme has senior level support and provides an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting in-depth experience in a broad range of role in Financial Services.

How to apply:

To apply for the programme, you will be required to submit a CV and covering letter via the CTP website. Please note that we will not accept applications without a covering letter.  Your letter should include:

  • Your motivation for applying for the programme and what you hope to get from it
  • Preferred geographical location
  • Your EOT date (last paid day)
  • Preferred business area and career interests
  • Your availability to attend for interview week commencing 5th February  2019

Applications should be submitted to CTP, via Right Job number N237787 by 18 January 2019.

Barclays Military Talent Day - 1 April 2019

The next Military Talent Day will be held on 1st April 2019, in  London, Glasgow and the North West. The event consists of a series of presentations given by senior leaders, about Barclays, our Values and an insight in to business areas and functions. The event aims to highlight the transferable skills that Service personnel have and how they fit in to financial services. The event concludes with an informal networking event, where delegates will have the opportunity to talk to members of the Barclays Military Network and gain an insight in to how Barclays colleagues have transitioned from the military into Barclays.

The event format is the same in each location, and it is recommended you attend the one close to the geographical area you live or looking to resettle.

Please register for the event, using the links below:

London - Register

Glasgow - Register

North West (Knutsford) - Register

Leeds - Register



CV and interview workshops

These are bespoke one or two day workshops tailored to the needs of the individual.

They are hosted at regular intervals – for more information about upcoming workshops and to register, please email the AFTER team.