- 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
- 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
- 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
- 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
- 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
- 8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
- 9a. Would you recommend Barclays to a friend?
- 9b. Why?
- 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Barclays?
Running back-end applications, mainly related to credit and debit card processing. This includes settlement, servicing and authorisation areas. Usually creating new code or updating existing code to improve the customer offering. Technical skills involve coding in COBOL, JCL, Db2, Rexx, SQL and Assembler. I work closely in supporting other apprentices.
I have learnt many new technical skills - this includes programming languages such as COBOL, Rexx, JCL, Assembler, Db2 and SQL, and Java. I have also learnt skills such as the ability to manage my own time, prioritising different pieces of work, and communication skills - in particular learning to present ideas in meetings with more senior colleagues.
I have really enjoyed the programme - especially the work component. I have been given lots of support and the chance to grow my own skills and increase my own responsibility. I enjoy working with a wide range of people. I also enjoyed university, giving me the opportunity to learn new skills I would not have usually.
My programme is very well structured. I had one day per week attending university, and the other four days in work. There was great support both from university, and also from my employer - this included great support from my employer with regards to university work, giving me the time I needed to complete assignments.
I receive fantastic support from my employer. This includes support from many different places/people - from the apprenticeship team, who hold a monthly cohort call and regular one to one meetings, from my line manager with regular one to one meetings, and from other apprentices - both within and without my team.
The support from the training provider is good - I have a dedicated skills coach who holds regular one to one meetings, and who I can reach out to at any time with any issues or concerns. The university tutors are also exceptionally helpful, offering ongoing and consistent support for assignments.
My qualification has given me technical skills that have helped my role within the workplace - in particular, improving my coding skills, with units specifically tailored towards my role. The qualification has also given me business skills that are useful for my role - including report writing, project management, communication skills and time management skills.
At work there are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. There is a gym located on site, which also offers different classes. There are also tennis courts and football pitches on site. There are many other social groups and activities - and colleagues are welcome to set up new social groups themselves.
As an employer, Barclays offer a fantastic level of support throughout the apprenticeship. You are treated not just as an apprentice but as an equal colleague - with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow, and the chance to take on your own responsibilities. There is a real sense of community and camaraderie between all colleagues which makes it an exciting place to work.
Most important is to be yourself - when applying, they just want to see who you really are, and what you offer. Do not worry about previous experience - you will get trained up on everything you need to know for your job role, and the university also helps with this. Try to stay relaxed, and show your confidence/
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