City & Guilds endorses LifeSkills, created with Barclays

City & Guilds endorses Barclays 'LifeSkills'

03 February 2014 / Be the first to comment

City & Guilds has given its professional, independent endorsement that LifeSkills, created with Barclays, will go a long way towards helping young people transition into the world of work. The kitemark demonstrates to businesses and education providers the quality of the programme’s content and aims to encourage others to get involved.

LifeSkills gives young people these skills before they enter the workplace, while also offering businesses support through providing key opportunities to young people, including a work experience matching portal. It was created with the aim of helping young people, businesses, government and education providers collaborate to bridge the skills gap, which is keeping nearly one million young people out of work.

The endorsement comes at a time when there is still a gap between the skills businesses need and those young people have. Recent research showing that SME HR decision makers feel that young people at entry level lack a range of basic skills when they start work. LifeSkills found that half (55%) of those surveyed said that they felt young people lacked relationship skills and were unable to handle clients, customers and suppliers. Appropriate work behaviour was also a concern, with two in four (43%) worried about them using their mobile phone while at work or taking too long breaks, and nearly half (41%) worried they lack time management and punctuality skills.

Speaking about the endorsement, Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills, said 'We are proud to be the first education programme endorsed by City & Guilds. It provides an independent endorsement of the quality of the materials we have developed and their role in helping young people develop the skills they need for the workplace. We’re incredibly pleased that LifeSkills has achieved this recognition in its first year and hope it is just the start of growing and improving the programme in 2014 and beyond.'

'There has been so much evidence showing how young people aren’t ready for the world of work,' said Chris Jones, Chief Executive of City & Guilds.

'It’s vital we act now to change this so we can equip both young people and businesses with the skills they need for future success. That’s why we’ve partnered with Barclays to endorse the LifeSkills programme. We truly believe that LifeSkills can make a huge difference to young people as they progress in their careers.’

The endorsement comes when the programme is less than a year old but when it has already reached over a quarter of a million young people. It reflects the rigour Barclays has gone through to produce a programme that ensures it is making a real impact on young people and easing their transition into work.

To find out more, visit barclayslifeskills.com

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