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Barclays partners with Per Scholas to open their new facility in Brooklyn, New York
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On Tuesday September 27th, our CEO Jes Staley and US colleagues joined Per Scholas in celebrating the grand opening of their new Brooklyn location. Built in partnership with Barclays, the expansion will allow Per Scholas to serve an additional 140 New Yorkers annually, expanding its impact to more than 550 New Yorkers trained every year. 

Per Scholas is a nonprofit organization that provides tuition-free technology skills training and professional development to un- or underemployed individuals. The Brooklyn location will offer a newly developed 16-week cybersecurity training track, developed in close partnership with Barclays, which aims to train and prepare graduates for cybersecurity jobs and opportunities.  Barclays has committed to hiring 10 Per Scholas cybersecurity graduates for six-month paid internships upon graduation.

Maria Vullo, Kelly Richardson and Jes Staley
Barclays is proud not only to partner with Per Scholas but to play a part in driving economic growth and social progress overall. This is not just about ensuring we’re operating with transparency and integrity, but also highlighting the humanity that sits behind finance, and the ability of financial services, and banks like Barclays, to support people in achieving their ambitions. It is about our determination to leave things better than when we found them and we know that if we partner with the best, like Per Scholas, we can make an even deeper impact in our communities.
Jes Staley, Chief Executive Officer

A recent study found a dangerous shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, which negatively impacts organisations and their customers, leading to more frequent and costly data breaches. At the grand opening event, Maria Vullo, Superintendent, NY State Department of Financial Services provided her views on the rising cyber threat and the lack of skilled professionals to combat it.

Per Scholas’ partnership at Barclays

Barclays has supported Per Scholas’ employment initiatives since 2012. More than 500 Barclays employees have volunteered with Per Scholas in a variety of ways including hosting large-scale mock interview events and serving as mentors through Per Scholas’ Women in Tech program. Barclays has also hired 12 Per Scholas graduates for full-time careers with our Operations & Technology function.

Meet our Per Scholas graduate employees

Meet LaQuana Chisolm
Meet Jonathan Peña
Meet Lisa Edwards
Meet Ivan Rivera
See how else we support access to employmentSee how else we support access to employment Learn more about our Shared Growth initiativeGet involved with Good Shepherd Services programs Find out more about Per ScholasFind out more about Per Scholas
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White House features Barclays’ partnership with Per Scholas

Per Scholas and Barclays attended the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper What Works Showcase in Washington D.C., which recognised how our partnership is helping to ensure young people can reach their full potential. See the highlights.

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