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Enabling Functions

Our Enabling Functions are there behind every deal, change, or transformation. They keep every area of our business running smoothly, helping us operate efficiently and sharpening our edge in a fiercely competitive industry. This is your opportunity to build an extraordinary depth and breadth of experience through a deep dive into one of eight areas within Enabling Functions at Barclays. You’ll work across geographic and divisional boundaries, discovering how one of the world’s biggest banks operates and delivers across multiple regions. You’ll learn from experts as you experience and influence every part of the business. The Explorer Programme will enable you to get your career off to a great start.


  • Work alongside, and learn from, market leading experts who protect our business
  • Develop skills and knowledge at the heart of our business
  • Take on live projects and real-world responsibilities

About the role

Our two-year Explorer Programme is a deep dive into Enabling Functions at Barclays. As an analyst, you’ll enjoy three rotations around a chosen area, with one rotation potentially taking you into a related Enabling Function. You’ll get insight into what we do, how we do it, how our Barclays businesses fit together – and how your role fits in. And you’ll get exposure to the whole bank – giving you the opportunity to build a strong network and great prospects for development.

Compliance is a critical function in the financial services industry. Our compliance professionals guide our business through the evolving world of regulations and establish risk-mitigating controls to protect our reputation. They focus on continuing investment in our risk management capabilities, along with simplifying, automating and digitising our processes wherever possible, and delivering industry-leading compliance analytics. Join this team, and you’ll share our objective to become the most respected compliance function in the world.

The better we understand the numbers, the better our decisions — and our performance — will be. Finance (including Treasury) oversees financial control, reporting and forecasting, as well as product control. It also monitors budgets and gives us accurate, high quality management and financial information. But our Finance teams aren’t just experts at interpreting figures — they’re also business managers who help drive strategy and keep us on track. Join us, and you’ll be part of truly bank-wide team that makes us competitive on a global scale.

This is the team that makes sure all our 83,500 employees grow, develop and get the most from their careers. Work here, and you'll be pivotal to our performance, whether you're recruiting top talent, promoting an inclusive culture or making sure our rewards are fair, imaginative and motivational. You'll also have opportunities to learn from experts, work across geographic and divisional boundaries, and potentially contribute to policies that could affect not just our business but the industry as a whole.

Internal Audit is an independent control function that’s critical to our business right around the world. You'll join a team that provides independent, reliable, insightful, and timely assurance to the whole business about effective governance, risk management and how we can control current and evolving risks.

We’ve built a reputation across financial services for our innovative thinking and approach — Barclays Internal Audit are market leaders in Data Analytics and other specialisms, frequently providing speakers at conferences and events. This is your chance to work with industry experts who will help you build your knowledge and support with your career.

In marketing, you’ll help attract and retain customers and clients, communicating the benefits of banking with Barclays. Working on diverse projects with this exciting and highly commercial team, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and creatively across a range of marketing channels. Roles include everything from branding to advertising, social media to digital marketing, plus events, sponsorships and sales collateral — all focused on helping us promote our services and win new business.

Risk is part of every single transaction, every product, every service and every decision that Barclays makes or delivers. We work hard to adapt to the changing financial landscape, technology and the needs of our customers and business, and that makes risk an exciting, complex and varied place to build a career. You’ll have the opportunity to rotate across multiple areas within Risk, including credit, market, operational, climate and treasury, gaining deep knowledge of your area and its importance to the bank.

Barclays’ financial health is of the utmost importance — not only to our clients, shareholders and employees — but to a wide array of stakeholders, too. Our finance function, which treasury sits within, is essential to our success and includes our business performance & analytics, product control, financial control, cost management and tax teams. This is your opportunity to learn how financial concepts are applied in a global financial institution like Barclays.

Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility (PPCR) sits at the heart of this British universal bank. It is responsible for the bank’s societal purpose including the Group’s sustainability and citizenship agendas, our internal and external Communications strategy, and our Government and Regulatory Policy engagement activity.

Whilst the day-to-day activities within each team may differ, we are focused on building high-quality relationships with stakeholders including the media, government, regulators, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), communities and colleagues in an effective and collaborative way for the benefit of our customers and clients, our people, our shareholders, and the communities in which we operate, as well as for society more broadly.

How you'll develop

You’ll learn continually, from start to finish – whether it’s the hard skills you need to be brilliant at your job, or the professional skills to be brilliant in a business of this size, we give you the essential learning experiences you need to play a full role in Barclays. At all times you’ll be supported by an experienced line manager and a talent coach who together will help you realise your potential and discover where you’d like your career journey to take you in Barclays. You’ll be surrounded by colleagues you can share with and learn from. You’ll get lifetime membership of our global graduate network, with exclusive access to content, events and forums to support you and help you develop. And you’ll get the opportunity to have an impact on the communities in which we live and work.

What’s more, you might qualify for a bursary towards your professional development. By the end of your programme you’ll have gained all the understanding and skills you need to move into a fulfilling permanent role.

Who thrives here

We welcome people of any educational background, but you should be excited about pioneering new services and setting new standards of excellence. To make the most of this opportunity, you’ll be curious and creative, tech-savvy and adaptable. You’ll be great at communicating and collaborating, competitive but caring. Motivated by pace and pressure, you’ll be driven to achieve — and to do it right. You’ll also be customer-obsessed, ready to develop a deep understanding of what we do, why we do it, and how your role impacts on our business outcomes. These are qualities that people at Barclays have in abundance, and we’ll help you develop and strengthen them from the day you arrive.

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Graduate development journey

Your development


Community Membership

Programme‑aligned Learning Labs

Professional Qualifications and Development

Self-paced training library

Talent Coach support

Launching your career

Your development

We’ve designed our graduate programmes so you can truly make the most of everything Barclays has to offer. From the minute you apply and at every step of your development journey we’ll be there with you, supporting you to succeed. We’ll surround you with bespoke coaching and support to bring out the best in you. We’ll support you with self-paced, 365-day continued learning. We’ll offer you plenty of opportunities to network with peers, experts and senior leaders across our global organisation. We’ll support you to succeed in every way, helping you understand what your future might look like and giving you the tools you need to achieve your goals.


Barclays is a rich, diverse, complex organisation with so much to offer. We want you to be equipped to navigate our business and get as much as you can from it. So, the focused training sessions in your induction programme are designed to give you the core knowledge and skills you’ll need to get off to the very best start. From our proud history to the way a bank works, from how we do things here to our strong commitment to sustainability, inclusion and citizenship we’ll help you understand just what it means to be part of Barclays. There’s also technical and leadership training, depending on your programme, and all of this will be reinforced throughout your development journey.

Community Membership

When you join our graduate programme, you also benefit from lifetime membership to our Graduate community . This is a lifetime-membership for Barclays graduates past, present and future. We're creating a vibrant global community that connects people across the business. It’s a chance for you to network, take ownership, gain insight and get inspired. Most of all, it’s a way to connect with your entire graduate cohort and support each other as you grow your careers.

Programme-aligned Learning Labs

Whether you are on our Explorer programme or our Expert programme, our Learning Labs provide bespoke continual training throughout your development. These immersive experiences will give you access to personalised learning that will develop your technical, business and leadership skills. Our focus throughout the whole journey is on giving you real, transformational development; preparing you in every way to make a major contribution to our ever-evolving business.

Professional Qualifications and Development

We take your development seriously, and that includes helping you to achieve serious professional qualifications and/or professional development, whichever programme you join. These may include:

  • Series / FCA regulated training where appropriate
  • Access to a bursary amount to select professional development to support your individual career and personal goals
  • Licenses to external online learning platforms to support advanced technical roles

Self-paced training library

You’ll be learning continually, from start to finish. Whether you’re building the hard skills you need to deliver in your role, or the professional skills to be brilliant in a business of this size, you’ll become more capable and better-equipped with every passing day. To help you learn at your own pace, you’ll have unlimited access, 24/7, to our comprehensive library of on-demand learning resources.

Talent Coach support

All graduates receive dedicated 1:1 support from their personal Talent Coach throughout the duration of their programme. They’ll help you find out who you are and guide you to where you want to be by suggesting approaches, strategies, learning interventions and a host of other techniques to bring out the very best in you.

Launching your career

This is your passport to the world of Barclays, a world in constant motion where every single one of us is always learning, changing and growing as our business evolves. Our programmes will give you everything you need to be agile and flexible enough to flourish in this fast-paced, challenging and rewarding environment.

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