Barclays is inviting veterans to intern within its ranks in 2018 with applications open now

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The Barclays successful military internship scheme will welcome 40 placements to military leavers in 2018. The scheme has already seen 95% of scheme participants securing fulltime positions with the bank this year, meaning this provides veterans a good chance to start their second career. Successful candidates have ranged from Private Soldier to Flight Lieutenant to Commander.

The internship lasts three months and is open to all Service Leavers in their final year regardless of age, rank or experience. There are a range of varied roles and positions throughout the bank, including Barclaycard, Barclays Investment Bank & Investment Management.

Research from Barclays has revealed that the biggest concern for nearly half (49%) of service leavers is finding a civilian job and many feel underprepared to tackle practical aspects of job hunting such as writing a CV (26%).

The Barclays Military Internship is designed to give Service Leavers the support they need to address this issue. Every veteran on the programme will be coached and mentored throughout the placement by an ex-military colleague. Furthermore, to maximise their opportunity of landing the right full-time role, interns will have the opportunity to network across the business, getting unique exposure to Barclays and a broader understanding of Financial Services, and to connect with the broader Barclays Military Network which has over 450 members and provides a comprehensive support structure to all veterans coming into Barclays, helping give a ‘soft landing’ into civvy street.

Whilst on their placement, interns also will receive tailored CV advice as well as the chance to take part in practice interview sessions with Barclays’ Senior Leaders.

Applications for the Internship will close on February 12th and the first cohort of successful applicants will begin their internship in April 2018.

Kevin Gartside, Barclays Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement (AFTER) Programme Manager, said: “Internships and work experience are both effective ways to help Service Leavers understand how best to approach and overcome any challenges they may face during their transition to civilian life. From navigating the commute to work to understanding commercial or ‘civvy speak’, our internships are designed to help veterans define what type of second career is right for them, as well as offering broader advice and guidance on post-military life and work.”

“To apply this year, candidates are advised to send a CV and a covering letter explaining why they are applying and what they look to gain from the opportunity, via the VETS website, or through the Career Transition Partnership. Interviews and assessment centres will be conducted in London the week commencing 26th February, with placements starting the week of 16th April 2018.”