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Karren Brady Launches Barclays LifeSkills Programme

Thu 2nd May 2013 | Marketing & PR

14 to 19 year olds have the chance to win the Work Experience of a Lifetime including the opportunity to Work with Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club.

Launched today by LifeSkills Ambassadors Karren Brady, Jameela Jamil and Thea Green, the competition will offer a range of prizes including the chance to shadow a manager of a Barclays Premier League football club

The competition is part of LifeSkills, created with Premier League title sponsors Barclays, a curriculum linked programme that aims by 2015 to equip one million young people with the skills they need for work and connect them with work experience opportunities.

The goal is to provide 50,000 work experience opportunities this year alone, with free LifeSkills resources available to download from today www.barclayslifeskills.com.

Over a thousand teachers, and over a hundred leading businesses including McDonalds, Centrica, ISS and Waitrose, as well as many smaller businesses, have already joined the LifeSkills programme.

Senior Executives from Barclays including Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins and Retail and Business Banking Chief Executive Ashok Vaswani will also be offering work experience and insights for young people during Work Week the programme, along with other leading businesses.

LifeSkills Ambassador, Karren Brady, said: “I couldn’t have got to where I am today without the work experiences I had early on in my career. They taught me what I was good at and the skills I needed to get ahead.

“It’s why I’m excited to be launching the Work Experience of a Lifetime competition today so that young people can access amazing opportunities to learn from some of the most successful people in business. They’ll find out what it takes to do well at work and I hope be inspired with what they could do in the future.  

“For me, it brings home why every business should get involved in offering work experience through the LifeSkills programme because by doing so they’ll create opportunities to transform what young people go onto achieve.”

Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive, Barclays Retail and Business Banking said: “Too many young people in the UK don’t have access to the skills or opportunities they need to realise their potential when they leave school. Businesses, schools and families need to work together so that the next generation have the support they need to get ahead.

“That is why we have launched LifeSkills to provide free resources and connect young people with work experience opportunities that will transform their outlook and confidence for the future.

“Through this exciting competition many young people will be offered the Work Experience of a Lifetime and many more will gain valuable experience to learn from some of the most successful leaders in business.”

To find out more and register for information go to www.barclayslifeskills.com

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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