Barclays LifeSkills has announced a number of new charity partnerships to help tackle key issues facing the UK labour market and continue to provide support to groups and individuals most in need during the Covid-19 outbreak. Programmes will aid progressing and staying in employment, supporting an ageing workforce and increasing employment skills levels.
Since 2013, the LifeSkills programme has been supporting young people to gain the core, transferable skills needed to succeed in the workplace, with more than 11 million having participated to date. The programme was extended at the end of 2019, using the scale and impact of the programme to now reach and help all generations in the UK to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need.
The partnerships announced today will reach almost 200,000 adults who are most in need of greater, more bespoke support to get into, stay and progress in the workforce. Focusing on their most immediate needs and tackling the practical and emotional challenges faced.
Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills created with Barclays, said: “Making opportunities as inclusive as possible for all is key to boosting our labour market and helping the UK economy to recover post Covid.
“The expertise of all our charity partners coupled with the scale of our LifeSkills programme will benefit some of the most vulnerable groups in society, whether they are struggling with confidence, developing their skills, juggling caring responsibilities or returning to work after illness.
“We’re incredibly passionate about all the causes that our charity partners fight for and looking forward to working together to tackle some of the biggest barriers faced in getting into and progressing in the workplace.”
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