Barclays LifeSkills

Businesses, schools and Government join forces to remove barriers to youth employment as Barclays launches LifeSkills
– Barclays launches LifeSkills, an education programme and work experience matching service that aims to reach one million young people by 2015
– 50,000 work experience opportunities to be offered in 2013 working with employers such as Barclays, Waitrose, Centrica and ISS, as well as Government backed careers platform, plotr LifeSkills Ambassadors
– Karren Brady, Jameela Jamil, Colin Jackson and Thea Green issue Let’s Go to Work call to inspire business, schools, young people and the Government to work
together
Barclays is today calling on business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving from school to work with a launch
of a major new programme LifeSkills. This curriculum linked education programme aims by 2015 to equip one million young people with the skills they need for work
and connect them with work experience opportunities.
The programme will give teachers access to a range of free resources designed to develop the skills employers most seek in young people covering topics such as
writing a CV, managing money, and building self-confidence. After completing the modules in class or online, teachers can then match students to local work
experience.
During 2013 LifeSkills aim is to make 50,000 work experience opportunities available. Barclays will provide at least 6,000 opportunities and is encouraging businesses
of all sizes across the UK to get involved. Waitrose, Centrica, ISS and McDonald’s will be working together with Barclays on LifeSkills to help unlock work
experience opportunities for 14-16 year olds.
Barclays is also working in partnership with plotr, a new industry-led and government backed careers platform, which will extend the reach of the Lifeskills programme
through their partners and tie it in with other employability resources. Young people who complete LifeSkills modules will be able to access work experience
opportunities from the many businesses who are part of the plotr community, who in turn will benefit from a pool of candidates who have completed basic work skills
learning. See Poplar Partnership Head Chris Dunne speak about Barclays LifeSkills at https://www.forms.barclays.co.uk/lifeskills/teachers.php

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