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Barclays introduces an agriculture scheme for everyone from 16 to 60

Barclays has introduced its Higher Apprenticeships in Agriculture scheme to support the UK agriculture industry and those seeking apprenticeship and development roles.

Six new candidates will gain a university level or professional qualification, and the bank hopes the scheme will aid budding relationship managers specialising in agriculture.

Over 3,000 participants have gotten involved since launching the company’s apprenticeship programme in April 2012, and Barclays offers a variety of programmes to suit a range of levels, interests and ages from traineeships to degree level.

The 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 UK 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.”

Barclays is able to offer candidates the chance to gain vital skills and insight whilst learning, and will also offer 100 per cent funding on higher and degree apprentices, along with a competitive salary and benefits.

Mike Thompson, head of Barclays Apprentices, also commented: “Whether 16 or 60, coming straight from school or college, or 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 commercial elements, digital, analytics…

“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 [us].”

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