Work Experience

Work experience is a great way for your students to find out more about working life and develop their employability skills. Nine out of ten secondary school teachers (93%) say that work experience and employer related activities can even help students to do better in their exams1.

Your students' opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of work starts here, this page allows you to arrange placements for any students aged 14-19.

Work experience starts here

Work experience can be organised in one of the Barclays branches or offices, information on other opportunities elsewhere can also be found here. Follow these quick steps to get started:

They earn +250 points with LifeSkills

As your students learn they earn +points, unlocking the work experience opportunity at 250. This can be done by the student completing LifeSkills content by themselves or by completing two hours of LifeSkills lesson content with an educator.

You reserve them a place

Once the points have been earned, you can then search for and reserve a placement, which the LifeSkills team will hold for fourteen days once selected.

You confirm everything

It will be your responsibility to agree the placement details with the Barclays branch, office or other business. You can do this by confirming online within fourteen days. If this is not completed then the opportunity will be reopened to others.

They get great work experience

This work experience is a great opportunity for young people to gain insight into how a business runs, so please do encourge students to get the most out of their placements and use our handy work experience log book.

LifeSkills also has a ‘Virtual work experience’ tool which enables young people to take a virtual journey into the world of work, moving through different departments. They’ll practise the application of core transferable skills, such as communication and proactivity, whilst seeing first hand how these skills are applied in the workplace.

Don’t forget social action can also be a great way to give students access to additional hands-on work opportunities. Evidence suggests that taking part in social action boosts employability by expanding social and professional networks2. Check out our Social action toolkit.


1 Making the Grade: Does involvement in activities with employers impact the academic achievement of young people?

2 The Behavioural Insights Team, ‘Does social action help develop the skills young people need to succeed in adult life?’