Inspiring and engaging business to develop essential skills in young people, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, raising aspirations and improving future readiness for the world of work

Here are some initiatives to help you get started:

LifeSkills created with Barclays


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 delighted to be named as the programme’s new charity partner in Northern Ireland and will support its delivery in classrooms across the country, reaching 21,000 students and hundreds of local teachers over the next two years.

Developing strategic Business/School partnerships


Business Class is a three year strategic partnership between a business and a school. The programme enables business to make meaningful, sustainable relationships with schools and engage with their future workforce. It helps young people develop their skills and the aspirations they need to succeed in the world of work and is key to addressing the skills gap in employer expectations and pupils’ aspirations.

Literacy and Numeracy – the BIG Goal


Good literacy and numeracy skills are critical for our young people, for business and for the economy. We want business to support the NI Executive’s Big Goal – 90% of children leaving Northern Ireland’s primary schools with Level 4 skills in literacy and numeracy by 2020, rising to 95% by 2025.

Time to Code


Time to Code is an initiative in several schools across Northern Ireland to help children learn IT and coding skills – the skills needed by future employers. This initiative is funded by Belfast Harbour in Belfast and Department of Education in the North West.

Time to Count


Time 2 Count aims to help enhance pupils basic skills in maths and numeracy whilst boosting their confidence and self-esteem. We want all children to see maths as something they can learn and something that is relevant to their lives after school. Whether or not they proceed to higher level maths, all children need to develop confidence in numeracy skills that will serve them well throughout life.

Time To Read


Be part of Time to Read, our ground-breaking literacy programme. Scientists have found that children who can read well by the age of seven are more intelligent in later years. Time to Read bridges the gap in literacy skills for children up to the age of ten. Can you give one hour a week?

Work Inspiration


Just four experiences of the world of work can reduce a young person’s chance of being not in education, employment or training (NEET) by over 80% Offering quality work experience helps young people develop skills for work and make more informed career choices. More than 80% of Employers place a high value on work experience when recruiting yet less than 50% offer experiences of the world of work. the talent allows a company to raise its profile as an employer of choice, grow talent, develop employees and improve staff retention rates. Talk to our Work Inspiration Team about how we can help you design and manage quality, interactive work experience and insight activities to benefit your organisation and our young people in NI.