Barclays LifeSkills

Business in the Community has been appointed as Barclays' in-school delivery partner for LifeSkills in Wales. The programme is endorsed by City & Guilds and aims to engage, educate and empower young people aged 11 - 19, giving them access to skills and work experience opportunities to make the transition from school to work.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a major new programme designed to give young people access to the advice, support and opportunities they need to get ready for the world of work. It aims to improve the confidence, communication skills and employment prospects of young people through educational resources, online content, workshops, events and work experience. LifeSkills will be a starting point for a better future.

Barclays have already engaged with nearly 3 million young people across the UK and over half of all secondary schools in the UK are currently taking part.

The programme includes school and college visits and workshops run by Barclays volunteers and the BITC Cymru LifeSkills Facilitators; classroom-ready resources that teachers can download and use to equip students with a variety of practical skills, knowledge and understanding about the world of work; and online interactive content that students can access and use for independent study.

Programme overview

Barclays' LifeSkills programme is divided into three modules: People, Work and Money Skills.

  • People Skills helps develop the key skills sought by employers, including self-awareness, self-confidence and personal presentation. This module includes activities that look at communication, body language, workplace behaviour and developing self-motivation.

  • Work Skills helps students embark on their career journey, developing their knowledge and understanding of career paths open to them. Activities include CV writing, finding employment, networking skills, interview success and enterprise.

  • Money Skills educates students on how to make effective decisions around spending and saving as well as planning. Activities include budgeting, managing a bank account, understanding payslips and personal finance terms.

Furthermore, the LifeSkills activities have been successfully aligned with the Enterprise & Employability Challenge of the new Welsh Bacclaureate.

Workshop eligibility

Business in the Community is the Barclays' delivery partner for LifeSkills in Wales. All schools and colleges can register and get access to the online resources available through the LifeSkills programme, but BITC is prioritising workshop requests from schools that meet the following criteria:

  • Located in Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, AND

  • with 21% or more of pupils entitled to free school meals, AND/OR

  • with 20% or more of pupils living in one of the 20% most deprived areas in Wales.

Frequently asked questions about LifeSkills

Q. Is there a cost associated with LifeSkills?

A. No - LifeSkills is completely free of charge for schools and young people as a result of Barclays investing £5m in the programme in 2013.

Q. What age group is LifeSkills suitable for?

A. LifeSkills is designed for young people aged 11 - 19. The programme activities can be separated into the following age groups: 11 - 14, 14 - 16 and 16 - 19.

Q. Who will deliver the in-classroom workshops?

A. With the support of over 400 Barclays volunteers, Business in the Community's LifeSkills Facilitators will lead the workshops. The Barclays volunteers will also help to facilitate discussions and act as a source of advice for students.

Q. How long are the workshops?

A. The length of the workshops can vary, from just over one to two hours. However, the content of the workshop can be adapted to suit the particular group of students who are taking part.

Q. How does our school sign up?

A. Get in touch with us! Schools and colleges in Wales can contact Natalie Roberts at BITC to find out more information about how to get involved with LifeSkills in Wales.