Barclays Graduate Schemes

Graduate Careers at Barclays

Barclays still maintains four distinct graduate development programmes across its Retail and Business Banking, Investment Bank, Corporate banking, and Wealth and Investment Management sectors.

Though Barclays has unified its different service arms under one name, applications to each of these four arms must be made separately. 

Note: Barclays recruits for its graduate roles on a rolling basis, meaning vacancies are filled as applications are received, so it is advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Retail and Business Banking

Formerly known simply as Barclays, the Retail and Business Banking arm of Barclays is responsible for personal and small business banking, and card services. Graduates enter the Future Leaders Development Programme (FLDP), which is an accelerated 2-year programme. Graduates can enter this division in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Products
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Risk
  • Technology – Product and Process Development
  • Finance

To apply to this division you will need an obtained or expected 2:1 degree or above, and at least 300 UCAS points.

Investment Bank

Formerly known as Barclays Capital, the Investment Bank deals with large corporations and institutions worldwide. Graduate positions are offered in the following areas:

  • Compliance
  • Corporate Communications
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Banking
  • Event and Roadshow Marketing
  • Operations
  • Prime Services
  • Quantitative Analytics
  • Research
  • Risk
  • Sales
  • Structuring
  • Technology
  • Trading
  • Treasury

This is a highly competitive division, and thus an exceptional undergraduate academic record is needed to be considered for a role. Many of the full-time roles in the Investment Bank are filled through internships, so those looking to secure a permanent position are advised to first look into the various internships available.

Corporate Banking

Formerly known as Barclays Corporate, the Corporate Banking division provides integrated banking services and solutions to large and lucrative corporations. Graduate programmes are two years in length, with two or three rotations throughout the program. Different areas are:

  • Client Coverage
  • Product
  • Risk
  • Client Capital Management
  • Operations
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Technology

An expected or obtained 2:1 degree in any discipline is necessary for all Corporate Banking roles, as well as a C-grade or high in GSCE English and Maths.

Wealth and Investment Management

Formerly known as Barclays Wealth, the Wealth and Investment Management division is the largest wealth management body in the UK, providing services to clients of high net worth.

Graduate programmes in Private Banking last two-and-a-half years:

  • 6 weeks structured training
  • 6 months working directly supporting a private banker
  • Three 6-month rotations (one product-focused, one international, and one more broad)
  • 6 months working in your initial team, and working to complete the CFA to become a junior private banker.

An expected or obtained 2:1 degree or equivalent and at least 300 UCAS points are required.