I was delighted to host the graduation ceremony event for Barclays again this year. It is always a fantastic occasion seeing the apprentices don their caps and gowns on the House of Commons terrace and I join in with the feelings of pride along with their colleagues, line managers, and families.
My journey began with Barclays a year ago, when I was invited to visit a branch at Willesden Green in London. I was so impressed with the young individuals I met (including a particularly outstanding young lady called Constance) that I thought they ought to host their graduation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament. The sun was shining and, as ever, the apprentices came across as very intelligent, switched on and smart young people who are a credit to the company. I hope that Barclays will continue to provide these opportunities for years to come as they are leading the way in the finance sector with their commitment and enthusiasm for young people.