Connect with Work

Barclays Connect with Work is a unique global employability programme connecting people who are facing barriers to work with businesses that are recruiting.

Connect with Work provides people from often overlooked communities with vital work skills and connects them to businesses that are recruiting.

The programme takes a very deliberate demand-led approach – focusing on areas of significant job growth while working with a handful of the most impactful charity partners to deliver tailored skills training that meets the needs of both the people that we’re supporting into work and the businesses that are recruiting, including Barclays’ clients and suppliers.

The programme works with people who want to get into work but, for a number of reasons, face challenges – such as a lack of experience or confidence, fewer educational qualifications, care requirements or disabilities – and helps them to develop the skills, connections and opportunities that can set their life path onto an entirely new trajectory.

Working across a variety of industries, and in some of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, Connect with Work provides employers with access to a unique, but often overlooked, pool of talent that exists in the communities where we live and work. This enables employers to diversify their recruitment efforts and gain access to non-traditional hiring channels.

To get involved and tap into new talent through Barclays Connect with Work, please email connectwithwork@barclays.com.

Our global commitment

Barclays has committed to placing 250,000 people around the world into work by the end of 2022.

Connect with Work stories

  • Bupa

    Barclays and Bupa have had a strong relationship for many years and Connect with Work offered an opportunity to work together further. The access that Connect with Work could provide to a wider pool of potential candidates was an attractive prospect for Bupa. And for the company’s Learning and Development team, the programme also offered a chance to make a powerful impact on people’s lives.

    Seven participants joined the initial Connect with Work programme with Bupa, supported by The Prince’s Trust. The participants split their time on the programme, with 70% spent working in Bupa’s care homes and 30% in classroom-based activities with Bupa, Barclays and The Prince’s Trust. At the care home, they experienced everything from housekeeping, laundry and kitchen support, to working with residents. This was so successful that the residents decided to invite the participants to join them at their annual summer barbecue, a highlight in the home’s calendar.

    For Bupa, it was the support that both staff and participants received through the programme that made it stand out from other recruitment channels. For the participants, the learning experience of the programme had a powerful impact. Susanna Bannister, Connect with Work graduate and Bupa Activities Coordinator, commented: “I don’t want to think about where I would be without Connect with Work to be honest with you. It gave me so much confidence and self-belief…I adore my job, I would not want to change it for the world.”

    That feeling was reciprocated by Bupa and staff – who were supportive of the programme throughout and amazed at the energy and fun that the candidates brought to the organisation.

    Davina Barton, Head of Technical and Clinical Learning, Learning & Development for Bupa Care Services, says “At one point we had to ask them not to come in two hours early. They were that enthusiastic!.”

    Four of the seven participants have now been offered permanent employment with Bupa through Connect with Work, and another phase is just about to start for six more candidates.

Read the Connect with Work UK impact report