LifeSkills: educating young people to support their transition into work
The purpose of the LifeSkills education programme was to support young people with their transition into work. It offered practical advice and the opportunity for those aged 11 to 19 to build confidence and improve employability skills.
The programme, created with Barclays, aims to bring students, teachers and employers together to encourage the development of real-life, work-related skills.
Children in Scotland was the charity partner for Scotland and co-ordinated the delivery of the programme and pioritised support for young people in the most disadvantaged areas. CiS provided experienced professionals to lead sessions and support young people to meet their individual needs.
The LifeSkills website www.barclayslifeskills.com – a key component of the programme – has been structured with this in mind, providing material targeted towards students, teachers and potential employers.
The programme also offered free Curriculum for Excellence-linked activities and school workshops, which were co-ordinated and led by professional CiS trainers. Teaching resources have been developed by the LifeSkills team, in conjunction with teachers and the learning community.
The programme comprised of three modules. Firstly, “people skills”, which aimed to develop the key skills sought by employers, including self-awareness, self-confidence and personal presentation. Activities included finding examples of their skills to prove their capability.
Next up, was “work skills”, which helped students embark on their career journey, developing their knowledge and understanding of career paths open to them. Activities included networking skills, CV building and mock interviews. Finally, “money skills”, which educates students on how to make effective decisions around spending and saving, as well as planning.
There were are a number of learning outcomes, including: an improved understanding of what key employability skills are; a better understanding of which of the key employability skills they possess and which skills require further development; a better understanding of how to communicate and demonstrate the skills they possess to others, including employers; increased confidence around the area of employability skills; and, finally, to have demonstrated their employability skills through a quality work experience placement and used this to improve their skills and add value to their CV.