Thousands of Scottish youngsters benefit from skills for work and life

More than 8,000 school children from across Scotland have taken part in LifeSkills workshops with the support of the team from Business in the Community Scotland and Barclays volunteers – with another 1,000 already booked.

LifeSkills created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme for young people and schools which aims to engage, educate and empower young people giving them access to employability skills to support them in the transition from school to work.

Employability skills are essential to the long-term sustainability of the Scottish economy and the life chances of the next generation of young people.

To help address this skills gap and the need that employers have to recruit skilled young people, BITC Scotland is working with Barclays volunteers to support taking LifeSkills in classrooms across Scotland, providing interactive, workshops on topics designed to boost their work readiness, communication skills and financial literacy. Working with partners such as BITC Scotland, ensures that LifeSkills reaches those young people who need it most.

The programme focuses on three core modules; work skills, people skills and money skills.  Young people gain skills such as CV writing, interview skills, networking, problem solving, creativity, resilience, communication and managing online reputation.

Commenting on passing the 8,000 milestone, Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills at Barclays, said:

“As the world of work continues to evolve and become increasingly competitive, it is vital that we ensure all young people are offered the same chances to improve their employability and the opportunities to gain the core transferable skills that employers are looking for.  Government, businesses, educators and parents need to work together to improve careers advice and invest in the next generation, raising their confidence and aspirations and building a talent pipeline. We are extremely proud that our partnership with BITC Scotland is making a tangible difference for young people.”

Almost 850 young people from eight schools and three colleges in Glasgow have taken part in the LifeSkills programme to date.

Find out more about LifeSkills.