The Unipart Outstanding Employment Award: Barclays

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

 
Action and Impact
“Although there are many employability programmes that offer general skills, there are very few that offer real skills training with actual jobs at the end of it,” says Nicki Thomson, Head of Business Services at Barclays Corporate. She is proud that the bank’s Connect With Work (CWW) scheme, designed to bridge the employment gap, has secured jobs for more than 850 people across more than 100 businesses in the UK.
 
CWW is aimed at individuals with the aptitude and attitude to enter the workplace, but who face barriers such as a lack of qualifications, experience or confidence. The programme connects individuals aged 16 and over with businesses that are recruiting but struggling to find skilled and motivated individuals for vacancies. Together, with a number of charity partners, Barclays trains people in the job-specific skills that the businesses are looking for and supports them into jobs or apprenticeships. 
The bank also supports businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as its business customers and suppliers, to create entry-level jobs for the participating individuals, addressing both sides of the employment gap.
 
As of the end of 2017, 1,166 people have been involved in CWW, and almost 900 have found a job at the end of it.