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.
Since its launch in 2013, LifeSkills has helped more than 15 million people to build the confidence, knowledge and skills that employers are looking for, as well as improve their money management skills.
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.
Highlights: Impact in numbers
Through LifeSkills, Barclays committed to help a further 10 million1 people to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed, as well as place 250,0002 people around the world into work by the end of 2022.
Against this commitment, the programme has so far upskilled more than 9 million people and placed over 190,000 people into work.
1Over a five-year period, 2018-2022; 2Over a four-year period, 2019-2022
LifeSkills impact report
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. Challenges such as 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.