Bank invests in universityOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article High street bank Barclays is opening local branches of learning. The centralBirmingham metro centre opened late last month. It is the first in a network ofregional learning centres for Barclays University, known as “bu”. Bu metro centres will open around the country in the next 18 months, hostedby a learning adviser and offering a full range of learning opportunities frome-learning to more traditional classroom delivery. A wide range of bu trials have been rolling out this year across Barclays,including an e-based learning management system and a £150 cash grant whichemployees can spend on any learning of their choice. The courses can be work-related or for personal interest on any subject butin either case still have to be accessed through one of the centres. “Weact as a filter for such courses,” said a Barclays spokeswoman. “Ouremployees know that all materials are up to our standards.” Barclays is hoping that the bu centres will help employees rise to “thechallenge of personal development”, said deputy chief executive JohnStewart, “and bring us closer to our aim of being the employer ofchoice”. Further metro centres are due to open in Manchester and Bristol soon, withmore opening across the country during 2002. Related posts:No related photos.