We believe that everyone deserves the financial independence, security and opportunity that comes with a job. A vibrant, skilled workforce ensures that local communities and businesses can thrive.
10 million people upskilled since 2018
The programme has now reached its public Citizenship commitment, to upskill a further 10 million people in the UK through LifeSkills, over a five-year period by the end of 2022.
Since the programme began in 2013, Barclays LifeSkills has now helped a total of more than 16 million people in the UK to build the confidence, knowledge and core transferable skills employers are looking for, as well as improve their financial education.
It’s also helping to tackle the deeper challenges that some people face by developing tailored interventions with charity partners to support people in breaking down barriers to get into, or progress in work.
We continue to deliver on our broader commitment to place 250,000 people around the world into work by the end of 2022.
How it works
Developing the skills and confidence to succeed
LifeSkills provides free lesson plans, modules and interactive tools for educators to use directly with young people in education and adult learners after they’ve left education. It also supports independent learners and families by offering access to online tools and resources.
By delivering the programme at significant scale, LifeSkills is helping to tackle some of the deeper challenges that underserved people, who may need additional support, can face. These challenges include in-work poverty, an ageing workforce, young people not in – or at risk of not being in – education, and mental health issues.
Overcoming barriers into work
Our charity partnerships are supporting these groups in breaking down barriers to get into, or progress in work. By providing bespoke, pre-employment training we are helping people to develop the skills, connections and opportunities that can help set them on an entirely new trajectory.
Working across a variety of industries, and in some of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, LifeSkills provides employers with access to a unique but often overlooked, work-ready pool of talent that exists in the communities where we live and work. This enables employers to diversify their recruitment efforts and gain access to new hiring channels.
LifeSkills in action
See how LifeSkills is unlocking skills and employment opportunities for people.
Inspiring young people
Helping educators in supporting young people to develop their skills and choose their career.
Supporting adult learners
Providing modules for educators working with adults looking to improve their employability skills or financial management.
Connecting employers with talent
Supporting people around the world who face barriers getting into work by providing tailored skills training and connecting them to businesses that are recruiting.
LifeSkills 2020 impact report
LifeSkills 2021 impact report coming soon.