Connect with Work
Barclays Connect with Work is a unique UK-based employability programme connecting individuals seeking employment with recruiting corporates
The programme is aimed at supporting individuals aged 16+ with the aptitude and attitude to enter the workplace, but who face barriers to doing so. The programme helps to upskill these individuals, as well as helping them to connect with businesses who are recruiting. The programme additionally supports high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs, including clients and suppliers, to create entry-level jobs.
Barclays Connect with Work is a key element of Barclays’ Citizenship strategy, the Shared Growth Ambition. Barclays’ Shared Growth Ambition is focused on creating and growing a collection of products, services and partnerships which address a societal need, improving the lives of the people in the communities Barclays serves, as well as creating commercial returns. A key strand of this includes supporting access to employment.
To get involved and tap into new talent through Barclays Connect with Work, please email email@example.com.
Gibbs S3 is a talent and human capital business and Europe’s fastest growing hybrid workforce solutions company.
Following the company’s 52% growth in 2015, and having spoken with Barclays about the Connect with Work programme, CEO Farida Gibbs concluded that her own business could benefit from opening its doors to apprentices.
Barclays, charity partner Catch22, and Gibbs S3 worked together to run an assessment centre to search for potential candidates. As a result 10 screened, trained and promising candidates were put forward for interview by Gibbs S3. Farida found this to be a very effective approach: “It was a great way to find young talent in a collaborative way.” Two successful candidates have already started their apprenticeships. 16-year-old Connie is a front office coordinator who keeps admin up to date while 17-year-old Camilla has joined the digital marketing team and has a focus on social media. More apprentice positions will be filled soon and further opportunities are likely to become available as the business continues to grow.
Each apprentice is receiving training on the job and undertaking an NVQ course aligned to their chosen area, so they are gaining qualifications as well as experience. A Barclays mentor is also assigned to each young person, providing support throughout the apprenticeship period.
Farida is impressed with the dynamism the apprentices have brought to her business: “These young people are passionate, motivated and willing to work hard. They want this opportunity.” The benefits have extended beyond what she expected. She points out: “It helps to rebalance your business. We have seen a significant difference in how the teams operate. The apprentices are adding value and energy.”
Gibbs S3 is now a keen advocate of Connect with Work.
"Our apprentices have come with a fantastic attitude and, while you can teach people skills, you can’t teach a good attitude. Their motivation and fast pace of learning will contribute to our continued success. We’re proud to be helping young people take their first steps into employment."