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Barclays and Student Volunteering Week 2015

Posted on 19 Jan 2015

Barclays is proud to sponsor Student Volunteering Week, an incredibly important campaign to encourage and celebrate student volunteering and citizenship. The number of students who get involved in Student Volunteering Week illustrates that so many do believe in the impact community activity can have on both volunteers and the communities around them.

At Barclays, we too recognise the power of volunteering to motivate, up-skill and engage, while delivering a positive social outcome. That's why, as part of our broader Citizenship commitments and our Community Investment programmes, we actively encourage Barclays colleagues to get involved in their local communities.

Barclays Spaces for Sports uses the positive values of sport to help young people from disadvantaged communities develop the skills they need to reach their potential. In 2014, the programme marked its 10th anniversary – the image was taken at a celebration event at a ‘Spaces for Sports’ site in Portsmouth.

Whether giving time and expertise, raising money or making regular donations to charity, about half of our 140,000 employees around the world were supported last year to help the causes they care about. It is something of which Barclays is very proud and demonstrates our organisational values in action.

We know from colleagues involved that they develop leadership, communication and organisational skills, as well as gaining invaluable interpersonal and team working abilities, which can be transferred back into the work place. They also tell us that volunteering gives them a greater sense of job satisfaction and makes them feel proud to work for Barclays.

Not only do they tend to be highly motivated and have a good understanding of their own strengths, but they have taken the time to develop their skills to increase their employability in a particularly challenging and competitive job market.

As a volunteer with The Citizens Foundation, Maheen Gul has worked tirelessly to address Pakistan’s high levels of illiteracy, which contribute to poverty and unemployment. She mentored 500 underprivileged students from rural areas to broaden their horizons and prepare them for employment. Her objective was to develop their entrepreneurial skills and provide access to vocational training and education.

Findings by the Institute for Volunteering Research show that 83% of graduates believe volunteering increases their employability skills and 78% talk about volunteering in interviews.

Barclays is proud to have supported Student Hubs over the past five years, since their founding. As well as partnering on community investment programmes involving Barclays’ employees, and graduate recruitment activity, we share their belief that universities and colleges can produce not only world-class minds, but also world-class citizens and that this should be sustainable for the long-term.

This responsibility must be shared by graduate employers. We are committed to promoting a ‘volunteering lifecycle’ among our own graduate talent and the people we attract to our organisation. Through this ongoing engagement, we can play our part in building a generation of leaders equipped to make a positive impact on local and global communities.

As an employer, Barclays looks for talented people who share our values. Those that volunteer often make attractive employees. We therefore urge you to get involved with volunteering and spread the word about the value that volunteering can bring, to support your generation in making themselves ever-more attractive and marketable to future employers.

The Barclays team counting down to SVW

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Barclays is the proud sponsor of Student Volunteering Week since 2013, and Student Hubs since 2009.

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