ENTERING a competition online turned into a career changing moment for a North Shore student who has become a Barclays apprentice.
Alistair Wilson, 22, was studying a Level 2 National Diploma in Public Services at Blackpool and The Fylde College when he happened to see an advert for Barclays Money Skills week. He entered a competition to win £100 for the best money saving idea, won the regional college prize and was invited to Barclays head office.
He clearly impressed because they offered him one of their 500 apprenticeship places in their new drive to help youth unemployment.
Alistair said: “I hadn’t considered a career in banking but winning the Barclays Money Skills competition presented me with an opportunity I had to try to take advantage of.
“The career prospects with a company like Barclays are excellent and I’m really enjoying the job so far, particularly dealing with customers. My family and friends are so proud of me and I hope this is just the start of a long and successful career.”
Barclays said further 500 apprentices will be recruited by June 2013 bringing the total to 1,000.
Barnaby Davis, of Barclays, added: “One of the best investments you can make is in your people. We’ve given 500 young people that vital first opportunity to get into work. Most important is not the number of apprentices but the quality of the opportunities we inject into each individual’s career.”