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Posted on 7th Feb 2017 Back to News

Barclays Rise Programme Launch

The annual Barclays RISE Programme was launched by Sheneen Ofori-Koree and a number of her Barclays colleagues to CTK students. Due to the ongoing success of the programme the number of students taking part this year from CTK was increased from twelve to twenty students.


Barclays RISE (Revealing the Industry to Secondary Education) is a mentoring programme, initiated by the Embrace Forum at  Barclays. It was designed to engage, equip and encourage young people aged 16-18 with the skills and confidence they need to excel in post-18 education. The scheme was founded by former CTK student, Michael Lee, and fellow colleagues within the Barclays Graduate Scheme who wanted to provide a platform where they could share their experiences whilst mentoring students who may have limited opportunities and insight into working in professional industries.

Each student on the programme is assigned a mentor and works with other students through a three month programme running from February to April 2017. Mentors have a range of expertise, so not all students taking part in the programme are necessarily interested in banking and finance. The fortnightly sessions are split into two parts with the first part being an interactive presentation on the development topic of the week.  The second part is time for each mentee to have the chance to speak to and work with their mentor individually.

Following the successful completion of the mentoring programme, there will also be the opportunity for students to gain a week’s work experience with Barclays at Canary Wharf during July 2017.

Nicholas Johnston a CTK student taking part said that:

'The first session was an amazing experience. It's fantastic that Barclays are willing to provide us so much help and support and I can't wait to start working with my mentor!'