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.

A decade of support

Through its global LifeSkills programme, Barclays is helping people to gain the skills, confidence, and connections they need to succeed and manage their money.

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.

Over the past 10 years, Barclays LifeSkills has upskilled millions of people, and helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world into work. 

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.

For more information, visit www.barclayslifeskills.com