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LifeSkills, created with Barclays

Talent and Skills

Impact for scaleups


Young people helped to prepare for the workplace since 2013


Secondary schools have registered


Of participants felt they had higher ambitions and aspirations


Of teachers rated resources as good or very good

4 in 5

Participants felt more confident in their problem solving skills


Are more motivated to achieve in studies or training

Key sectors

Building & Construction Creative, digital, film, games & media Defence & security Engineering / Advanced Engineering Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Professional services Technology & Communications Transport & Logistics

Six years on from its 2013 launch, LifeSkills has helped more than 8.8 million young people prepare for the workplace. Over 87% of UK secondary schools, 76% of UK further education colleges, and 80% of universities have now registered for the programme.

The programme brings together educators, businesses, young people and their parents and provides interactive tools for young people to learn in their own time or with their parents through a dedicated parents section. It includes a virtual work experience tool to allow young people to experience a day in the life of a business.

In the past year LifeSkills has launched new content including a Mental Wellbeing Toolkit aimed at educators to help young people understand the importance of mental wellbeing and develop resilience, self-confidence and communication skills as well as coping strategies. In addition, LifeSkills has launched an interactive enterprise toolkit and lesson to bring enterprise skills to life and inspire students to put them into action.

LifeSkills has also signed up to the Government Care Leavers Covenant to provide more support to young people coming out of care and is currently working with Spectra First to develop relevant resources.

The programme is regularly evaluated for its impact. The 2018 evaluation found: 88% of participants felt more motivated to do better in academic and vocational studies, 78% felt they now had higher ambitions and aspirations and 81% felt better prepared to make future career decisions. More than eight out of ten said they now knew how to tackle problems more effectively and 79% said they now understood how to use technology to find work. 89% of teachers rated the resources as good or very good.


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