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Take a look at the LifeSkills programme and let us know your thoughts for your chance to win £200 of John Lewis vouchers - NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Jun-13 16:24:02

You might have seen that Mumsnet is supporting the new LifeSkills programme, created with Barclays. It's something we all feel passionate about, and as you've told us, young people need help if they're going to get into the world of work.

Take a look at LifeSkills, and tell us how you think it's doing? Pledge your support by clicking on the widget above.

LifeSkills Work Week runs from 17 to 21 June 2013 and is an opportunity for schools to get their pupils involved in a range of work-related opportunities, from LifeSkills workshops and resources, careers fairs and business and parent speaking opportunities as well as getting their students out on work experience opportunities.

There are lots of ways you can support the LifeSkills movement. And if you're already getting involved, let us know how!

Let us know your thoughts on this thread - everyone who adds a comment or shares how they are supporting the programme will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £200 John Lewis voucher.



IncaAztec Thu 20-Jun-13 11:04:12

Looks great - work experience is vital for young people and Barclays is trying to lead in helping with this area. Work experience provides 'real-life' experience and the chance to try out an area of work a young person is interested in without a long-term commitment.

I also liked the lesson plans to take the learning back into schools - easy to use and teenager friendly!

Madratlady Thu 20-Jun-13 12:21:10

I think it's a great idea, as I don't think schools provide enough careers guidance and often gear most of their advice towards getting to university which doesn't suit everyone. I realised the other day that I was unsure how to write a CV and thinking about it we were given no practical advice on finding or applying for jobs when I was at secondary school (6 years ago).

Since it's not easy for young people to find work at the momet a scheme which provides work experience will be very valuable.

I have to agree with those people who have already questioned why it's not government funded and why it's provided by a big company like Barclays.

I hope that once it's been tried and tested and then this scheme is taken up by all schools and colleges.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Jun-13 13:24:14

Hello - thanks for all the feedback so far.
Please do also share on the thread if you have managed to send on the link to your DC's school, or to your employer/ business.

A few of you have asked about the background to this and why Barclays are getting involved. Below is a response from them.

"LifeSkills has been created as a programme that can be run by any school or business – it's definitely not a Barclays-only campaign. In fact lots of businesses, plus the CBI, have already got involved.
Of course the Government has a responsibility to help young people find work opportunities, but we believe individual businesses have a role to play too, so this is our way of getting them involved in a more active way. We've also made sure that all LifeSkills materials used in schools has been given the thumbs up by independent reviewers, so there’s no mention of Barclays products or services. Ultimately LifeSkills is about providing real support to young people. Teachers have asked for this kind of support, so that’s why we’re doing it".


CheeryCherry Thu 20-Jun-13 13:42:44

Luckily my DCs school still provides work experience week, which he did this year and really enjoyed it.
I do think its a great idea, such experience and help with CVs and interviews is essential more than ever. I believe many schools do the latter, and with many schools offering BTech courses, many students gain work experience through that.
Businesses would benefit from students who are given suitable placements. But when would these placements actually take place?
I also have reservations about the whole scheme being heavily sponsored by a bank, sorry Barclays. Schools should be funded to support their pupils in this way. But then again, it would be less work for the school to be provided with the whole package.

manfalou Thu 20-Jun-13 15:08:19

I think its a great idea. I would've loved the extra help when I was in school... I still don't know how to write a 'standout cv' and always fell lucky so never had a job interview either (yet). I do think it should be a national roll out across schools. How many schools actually know about this scheme? Should be dome by someone other than Barclays... this isn't their area of expertise.

Littlecherublegs Thu 20-Jun-13 15:36:18

I think anything that helps children / young adults for when they school and enter the big wide world is great... though I do wonder what's in it for Barclays....?????

weenwee Thu 20-Jun-13 16:08:22

It's a fantastic thought, every kid should know how to write a CV or balance a bank account, but...considering Barclay's chequered financial past, is it wise to have their name slapped on an initiative that teaches in part fiscal responsibility? Sounds like a comedian's dream come true.

serendipity1980 Thu 20-Jun-13 19:30:25

This sounds like an excellent idea, I wish it was around when I was at school. I particularly like the help the children will get with writing CVs, interview practices and learning about managing finances - this is so important in this day and age. What a brilliant scheme, I hope it benefits many young people.

newfashionedmum Thu 20-Jun-13 21:34:20

I thought this was called 'work experience' and careers advice ad that schools did it anyway? I don't like it being provided by private sector partners.

OpalFruitshoot Thu 20-Jun-13 23:03:00

What a great is idea. I wish this had been around when I was a teenager.

pussinwellyboots Fri 21-Jun-13 05:59:30

I think it looks very good.
I, like many others hadn't realised that schools were responsible for funding their own careers advice now.

It is such a waste of talent and potential when a young person ends up outside of work (or training or education) so anything that prepares them for the workplace has to be a good thing.

katiewalters Fri 21-Jun-13 14:39:44

i think its a great idea to get young people ready for work, and hopefully it will benefit them, in them being able to find jobs, as in this day and age getting a job isnt easy to do. i hope a lot of schools and work places sign up to it, to enable the young people to get the skills and work experience, which i think is just as important these days as the qualifications. maybe in the future it should be something that is essential for all young people to do.

madeofkent Fri 21-Jun-13 15:10:22

Barclays isn't the only one to do it, as mentioned on TV, BT also do it. My son went on their course last year and loved it. He was able to try out several departments and came away confident that he was never going to become an accountant unless he was about to starve. As it is run in London he was even able to commute. His school does run lots of courses but as we are rural, there is little to experience locally unless you want to drive a combine or sell one. The staff at BT were amazing, communicating with me regularly when there were cancelled trains and so on. I don't care who funds it as long as it happens. If Barclays are hoping that my son will open an overdrawn account with them, that's their lookout!

poachedeggs Fri 21-Jun-13 20:27:12

I think this sort of teaching and support is dreadfully lacking these days. We've had done outstanding students through my workplace in recent years, very bright and able people, who've had no concept of the workplace, no concept of creating a good image and the importance of professionalism and no concept of money, its worth and how to manage it. It makes an employer's job harder because young people are having to be spoon fed basic stuff which they should know.

I liker the sound of this initiative but agree that it should really be offered as part of a comprehensive encompassing curriculum in schools.

wibblyjelly Fri 21-Jun-13 21:21:19

I think its an excellent opportunity for kids to get involved, especially with the work experience, which will be invaluable.

lorka Fri 21-Jun-13 23:47:36

I think this sounds great - we never got anything like this at school and I think I would have benefited greatly from this. My little ones are too young for this at the moment but it will be interesting to see what sort of guidance is in place when they start high school. Our children and their future are so important that anything that helps them on their way gets a big thumbs up from me!

lorisparkle Sat 22-Jun-13 00:19:22

It is such a shame that schools and services supporting schools are not funded properly to offer this as part of the curriculum for ALL students. It is all part of the plan to 'privatise' and add 'competition' to our education system which will only benefit the well off and vocal minority. Schools should be encouraged and funded to work together with each other and the local community to build this type of service.

chrismse Sat 22-Jun-13 14:25:06

I like it I think it is easy to be critical but I work with young people and any that prepares them for working is good.

gazzalw Sat 22-Jun-13 18:17:50

I think it's essential to give teenagers this type of Lifeskills approach. Although teens are much more savvy than we were about many things, I get the feeling that they are a lot more mollycoddled too and just need that extra help to get 'skilled up'

I am not normally a big Barclays fan but have to say that this makes me look at them in a more positive way - well done to them.

kslatts Sun 23-Jun-13 08:57:06

I think it's a great idea as this is an area which I do think it lacking in schools.

whattodoo Sun 23-Jun-13 10:14:49

I think its a great idea, although nervous about it being sponsored by one corporate.
I think that work shadowing/work experience can be good, as long as a good agenda is set in place and the placement doesn't turn up without a proper plan in place, including areas they are interested in, 'real life' work experiences and a chance to chat to various members of staff about what their role involves. Don't just use them as a photocopier!

FaresPlease Sun 23-Jun-13 21:39:20

It looks like a really positive concept. And maybe Barclays are getting involved just 'to look good', but if young people are reaping the benefits, perhaps that doesn't matter??

I'm not sure how good careers advice is within schools these days(DC not at that stage yet) but in my day it was shockingly poor. I so wish I'd had better guidance and more exposure to the actual world of work, rather than reading 'job descriptions' from a folder in the careers room at school!

hotair Mon 24-Jun-13 19:47:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

aftermay Tue 25-Jun-13 05:50:45

Gazzalw - you say you're not usually a big Barclays fan but this makes you look at them in a more positive light. Success! That's probably the true intention. Smooth out the parents, start young on the children. Marketing at its best. Throw in some CV writing and being shown around a kickass office. Job done.

aftermay Tue 25-Jun-13 05:51:50

That's not going to win me £200 smile

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