An amazing, free-to-access resource to help teachers, parents and young people better understand the needs of the 21st Century workplace and help prepare young people for the transition into working life.

Business in the Community is the charity partner for LifeSkills in Northern Ireland, and will support its delivery in classrooms across the country, reaching 21,000 participants and hundreds of local teachers into 2019.

Lifeskills created with Barclays is a free curriculum-linked resource for post-primary pupils aged 11-24, which aims to inspire, educate and empower young people by giving them access to employability skills to support the transition from school to work. More than 4.1 million young people from across the UK have now participated in the programme to-date. The initiative focuses on three core modules: work skills, people skills and money skills.

Why get involved?

LifeSkills for teachers . . . access more than 60 hours of lessons plans and resources, choose the free resources and lessons that work best for you, and follow the LifeSkills lesson plans to help prepare your students for the world of work. You can also request employability-themed workshops delivered by Business in the Community and Barclays’ staff.

LifeSkills for young people . . . online help to understand the skills you need to step into any job with confidence, and help to smarten up your CV, interview and assessment centre preparation.

LifeSkills for parents . . . help your son or daughter succeed in a job interview and prepare for the 21st century workplace. LifeSkills created by Barclays gives you the tools, tips and advice to help them unlock their potential.

Young people feel the following*:

  • 88% felt more positive about the future
  • 86% felt more motivated to do better in academic and vocational studies
  • 85% felt better prepared to make future career decisions
  • 71% felt they now had higher ambitions and aspirations
  • 78% understand the skills needed for the 21st century workplace, and
  • 96% of teachers rated LifeSkills resources as good or very good

*LifeSkills Impact Report 2017

There’s something for everyone – Teachers, Young People Parent. Click here to find out more

In an ever-evolving careers landscape which is increasingly competitive, it is vitally important that all young people are given the same opportunities to gain the core transferable skills that employers are looking for. It’s a big pressure: they need not only the academic results, but the skills that we know businesses need now and in the future as technology reshapes our working world.
Adrian Doran, Head of Barclays Northern Ireland.

Contact: Dervla Strong