What is LifeSkills?

Here at Barclays LifeSkills we have one single-minded ambition – to inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future. And that’s what we do. Not just online, but in class and through valuable real-world experiences.

LifeSkills works with teachers, parents and businesses to help young people:

  • Build a job-hunting toolbox
    Find out how social media can supercharge a CV, get tips for creating strong covering letters and LinkedIn profiles, and practice interview techniques.
  • Identify skills
    Interactive challenges help identify and develop personal skills – with useful advice on selling these skills to employers.
  • Gain experience
    Offered by businesses, organised by teachers and driven by young people – by working through LifeSkills online, they’ll unlock valuable work experience.

Sign up to be a part of LifeSkills. It’s free.

82% of students rated LifeSkills resources as good or very good, and 85% agreed LifeSkills helped them feel better prepared to make future career decisions*

* 2017 LifeSkills Impact Report

How can you get involved?

Young people

  • Get the skills you need
  • Supercharge your CV
  • Find work experience

Learn LifeSkills


  • Get free curriculum-linked lesson plans
  • Enjoy interactive challenges in class
  • Organise work experience

 Teach LifeSkills

The LifeSkills programme is commended by City & Guilds and a range of lessons have been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Assurance Mark, as well as the Young Enterprise Financial Education Quality Mark. Look out for the logos, which indicate which organisation has accredited which lesson, on lesson front covers.


  • Find free tools, tips and advice
  • Unlock your child’s potential
  • Help them into work

Support LifeSkills


  • Offer work experience
  • Invest in trainees or apprentices
  • Raise your company profile

Offer LifeSkills