Thursday, 7 March 2013

Bussinesses, 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...READ MORE

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