UKEdMag: The Importance of Life Skills

-This is a promoted article, first published in the July 2014 Edition of UKEdMagazine.

Barclays1Empowering the next generation to move successfully into work and become a part of the economy is vital to the future of the UK. Barclays launched LifeSkills to bring together teachers, businesses, young people and others to make a significant impact to the challenge of youth employment in the UK. LifeSkills aims to give one million young people the skills they need to successfully move from education to the workplace by 2015. One year into this ambitious programme, The Work Foundation independently reviewed its impact and some of the findings are shared in this article. Highlights include the transformative influence on increasing confidence of the young people participating, with over 80 per cent saying they felt more confident that they could succeed and 83 per cent now able to identify potential future jobs that match their skills.

About LifeSkills


Teachers can access free, non-branded resources and Barclays volunteer workshops (all via that include a mix of practical job-hunting and interpersonal skills across three different areas:

  • People Skills: including self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Work Skills: write a CV, personal presentation and contacting employers
  • Money Skills: essential financial education such as budgeting and money management.

Resources have been written by teachers, endorsed by City & Guilds and each deliver key skills which align to both relevant curricula and employers’ needs.

Work Experience

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce (March 2013) demonstrates that the more interactions a young person has with a business, the more likely they are to move into employment. [Source]

LifeSkills aims to support businesses to offer both work experience and apprenticeships, increasing the number of opportunities available for young people to understand the world of work.

Over 1,499 businesses have signed up to offer young people work experience or apprenticeship opportunities via LifeSkills, including large corporates and small and medium sized businesses up and down the country.

Headline Work Foundation Findings:

Young people reported that the programme had made them better or much better at:


“LifeSkills volunteers have come into school to deliver numerous workshops to my students – including work skills and money skills activities. The co-ordination and organisation of workshops was fantastic – so quick and easy, and volunteers were great and very knowledgeable. Lesson plans are fantastic, and carefully tailored for different age groups. I can’t believe that this programme is free – I recommend other teachers to get involved”
Anne Morley, Careers Mentor, at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland commented: “ISS is delighted to be associated with the launch of the LifeSkills programme. As the fourth largest private employer in the world, it’s important that we support such initiatives. The growing facilities management sector is bucking the economic trend and can make a real difference in helping to get UK Plc back on its feet. As a company we’re passionate about helping young people to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.”

For more information or to register and start using LifeSkills today and visit


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