Mike Thompson, Head of Employability programmes, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking (UK RBB)

Member of Governments Apprenticeship Delivery Board representing FS sector.

Mike has been working in Barclays for over 23 years in a variety of frontline and support leadership roles across the business.
His past three years have been in HR working within Learning and Leadership Development where he has built up extensive experience of implementing management and leadership development programmes, employee engagement programmes and more recently managing the UKRBB Learning and Development Curriculum and the development of Barclays market leading Apprenticeship Programme.
His recent projects include the roll out of the Leadership Excellence Programme across UK Europe and Africa and the delivery of the “Be the Change” Employee Engagement Programme across the Barclays Group.
He has also recently taken a lead role in the development of the UKRBB Learning and Development Strategy and the delivery of major organisational design changes within UKRBB Learning and Development to create a true centre of excellence for learning design and development in the UK.
Mike currently manage the Barclays Early Career framework including the award-winning undergraduate leadership programme - Barclays Retail Development Programme.

Tax or Investment

The Apprenticeship Levy is a government tax, coming into effect in April 2017 that will impact every company with a payroll of over £3million a year.

But how is the levy best spent and should it be viewed as a tax, or an opportunity to invest in your workforce?

Barclays’ Director of Apprenticeships, Mike Thompson, is here to help, discussing how Barclays has embraced apprentices, and how you can make the most of the new levy. 

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