How to get work experience

If you’re at school and aged 14–19, finding work experience through LifeSkills is simple, but you’ll need the help of your teacher. Start learning LifeSkills today and follow the steps below to find your perfect placement.

Work experience starts here

Learning LifeSkills online is your first step towards getting a placement.

You earn 250 points with LifeSkills

As you learn you earn points, unlocking work experience at 250 (or by completing six hours of each of the three LifeSkills modules in class).

Your teacher reserves a place

Talk to your teacher about what you’re after. They’ll need to search for and reserve a placement on your behalf. (If your teacher hasn’t signed up for LifeSkills yet, they’ll need to register – it’s quick, easy and free.)

They confirm everything for you

Your teacher can then agree dates and details with the business and confirm everything online.

You get great work experience

You’re ready to start. Remember to make the most of your experience and learn as much from it as you can.

Featured work experience placements



Over 2,800 placements available in 2016

This placement gives you the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a Barclays branch. By working with a range of colleagues, from Community Bankers to Branch Managers, you will gain experience of how Barclays meets the varied needs of its customers through the use of interactive technology as well as more traditional banking techniques.


Network Rail

Placements available in 2019

Working within one of Network Rail's maintenance offices. Supporting and learning from the integrated planning team and finance team about delivering essential railway maintenance in the local area. Students will be working in a challenging and fast paced environment.