Barclays to create dozens of North-East apprenticeships

Christine Allenson, Barclays Sunderland site president and Dr Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council.
Christine Allenson, Barclays Sunderland site president and Dr Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council.

BARCLAYS is to create dozens of jobs for young people across the North East, including more than 60 at its Wearside call centre.

The banking giant has announced plans to create 75 new apprenticeships for young people in the North East over the course of this year, as part of a pledge to create 800 new posts nationwide.

Our goal is to help our apprentices grow with us, not just in the skills they learn, but in the confidence they gain as well as to help them build a bright future.

Christine Allenson, Site President at Barclays Sunderland Contact Centre.

Sixty-five of the new posts will be based at the firm’s Doxford International contact centre.

Barclays will be concentrating on helping young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) into full-time, paid positions.

The successful candidates will work across the business, including the branch network, retail operations and Barclaycard.

Christine Allenson, site president at Barclays Sunderland Contact Centre, said: “The most motivating aspect of our apprenticeship programme is seeing young people, especially those who perhaps didn’t achieve academically, grow in confidence and aspiration.

“The apprentices we have on site at Sunderland have achieved fantastic results and are a real asset to the organisation.

“Our goal is to help our apprentices grow with us, not just in the skills they learn, but in the confidence they gain as well as to help them build a bright future.”

Barclays recently announced it is to create more than 200 jobs in Sunderland with the opening of a new centre of excellence for fraud.

The Barclays apprenticeship programme provides full pay from day one and ensures dedicated training towards recognised qualifications and regular mentoring.

Visit www.jobs.barclays.co.uk/apprenticeships or telephone 01928 703974.