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Beyond Barriers is a six-month programme that supports graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who have not yet secured full-time employment. 

Applications for our January programme will be opening on Monday, 16th October.

Beyond Barriers is a graduate-focused programme launched in February 2022. The Beyond Barriers programme provides six months of support to underserved and underrepresented graduates who have yet to secure full-time gainful employment. The programme is sponsored by Barclays Citizenship. Participants will get access to tailored employability bootcamps and online resources, a mentor, and regular support and care from the SEO London team to help them get into work. 

The programme is centred and tailored to give candidates personalised support to boost their confidence, help them think creatively about their career and improve their key employability skills. 

Two cohorts of 70 graduates will be recruited for programme starting in January and July every year. Applications will open in mid-October for the January programme and early April for the July programme.  



Access to SEO London expertise in early career training, development, and recruitment


Regular pastoral care from SEO London team tailored to your needs 


Support and advice from professionals 


Opportunity to break into some of the industries SEO London work with (Banking, Investment, Tech, Insurance, Law, Real Estate, Consultancy)

  • Employability workshops: Join a series of interactive and practical employability training designed to get you job market ready.

  • Mentoring: Get matched with a mentor for six months to add more support to your journey into work.   

  • Mock Assessment Centre and interviews

  • Access to career and personal development online resources, including JobTestPrep and SparkHire

  • Careers Coaching with the Beyond Barriers team: To keep you motivated and on the road to employment, you will have regular catchups with the Beyond Barriers team.


The Beyond Barriers programme is open to candidates that:

  • Graduated in or after 2022

  • are unemployed or not have not yet secured full-time employment

  • meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • graduated from a non-Russell Group university,​

    • identify as a person from a Black heritage or ethnically diverse background,

    • identify as a person from a low socioeconomic background.

We welcome applications from all diverse backgrounds and will review each on a case-by-case basis.

If you meet our criteria to apply and have already registered with SEO London, log in  and look for the Beyond Barriers programme listed in the candidate portal’s Opportunities section.


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