Barclays launches Agriculture Apprentice programme in banking

BARCLAys has announced it is introducing a Higher Apprenticeships in Agriculture to support the UK Agriculture industry and those seeking apprenticeship and development roles. The two new welsh candidates will gain a university level or professional qualification and the bank hopes the scheme will help the budding relationship managers specialising in Agriculture. Based across the country with almost 3,000 participants since launching its award-winning Apprenticeship programme in April 2012, Barclays offers a variety of programmes to suit a range of levels, interests and ages – including Traineeships, Foundation, Advanced, Bolder, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. Through these programmes, Barclays will offer candidates the opportunity to achieve far-reaching skills, experience and insight. Enabling candidates to earn while they learn, Barclays Higher and Degree Apprentices receive 100 per cent funding, along with a competitive salary and benefits. National head of agriculture at Barclays, Mark suthern said: “we are proud to establish our first banking apprenticeship in Agriculture – we are committed to supporting welsh farmers and we have a large and talented team of managers across the country. “These new additions will ensure we have fresh insights and longevity and we’re pleased to develop their own skills and qualifications.” Head of Barclays apprentices, Mike Thompson said: “whether 16 or 60 coming straight from school or college, or have plenty of life experience under your belt, our apprenticeships scheme aims to provide a fantastic opportunity to move around our business, gaining a solid understanding of the commercial elements, the importance of digital, data and analytics, and how we work with customers. “our apprentices will discover where their passions and skills lie, seeing first-hand how we join together to deliver a service to clients that they expect to receive from the UK’s leading business bank.” The new Apprentices are: • Ffion Parry, (pictured above) based in Llandrindod wells. • Zak Hughes, (pictured left) based in Brecon.

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