Stephen joined Newham residents Ryan Carroll and Russell Gyamfi at a reception to celebrate 150 young people who had graduated from their Barclays apprenticeship scheme. The event celebrated the hard work and success of those who have completed a one year long programme at Barclays. They are all now guaranteed permanent jobs with Barclays.
Ryan and Russell received certificates to mark their achievements alongside Mike Thompson, Director of Apprenticeships at Barclays and Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills.
There are now over 1000 young people who have successfully graduated from the Barclays Apprenticeship programmes.
Speaking after the reception, Stephen said: “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate with Ryan and Russell. They have worked extremely hard during their apprenticeship - as have the other 148 students - and can look forward to permanent posts within Barclays. I understand their supervisors have been constantly impressed by their commitment and diligence throughout the last twelve months and I wish the two of them all the best for the future."
Ryan, who works at the branch in Edgware Road said: “I’m really excited to have graduated from my Barclays apprenticeship. I’ve loved the training and experiences I’ve been given over the last year and am really enjoying my permanent role at the Salisbury branch.” Russell, who works at the Romford branch added: “The apprentice scheme has been a great way for me to train for a job and to get a qualification at the same time. There are so many opportunities at Barclays I am looking forward to a long and varied career here.”
Barclays began recruiting apprentices in April 2012 as part of a major programme focusing on the quality of apprenticeships. It has helped over 2,500 young people with no prior experience or qualifications get into work in Barclays and recently launched Bolder Apprenticeships, extending apprenticeships to anyone aged over 24. The scheme provides full pay from day one, equivalent to a new joiner and ensures dedicated training towards recognised qualifications and regular mentoring.