Since 2012, Barclays has reached 2.43 million young people as part of our global commitment to change 5 Million Young Futures by 2015. We believe there is no better start on the path to success than access to enterprise, employability and financial skills. When we empower the next generation with skills to support themselves, we also create a halo effect for their families and local communities.
Every October, as part of Barclays’ annual Make a Difference campaign, thousands of employees help it to take one step closer to meeting its 5 Million Young Futures commitment by giving back to their communities through skills-based volunteering. This one month period encourages employees to volunteer their time and skills to support young people in their local communities.
Barclays’ employees work closely with young people from local communities discussing ways they can achieve their career ambitions, providing tips on how to manage their personal finances more effectively, and supporting entrepreneurs by helping to develop their business plans.
Senior leaders across Barclays are also heavily involved in supporting local communities. Tom King, CEO of the Investment Bank, spent time guest teaching middle school students on the importance of attending college – helping them to understand the value of higher education and its impact on future opportunities, knowledge, and earnings potential.