LifeSkills created with Barclays

Commended by City and Guilds, LifeSkills provides educators with access to free online interactive resources, ready-made lessons and work experience opportunities. There are also tools, guides and films that young people can use independently or with their parents.

Educators can select from 65+ hours of free curriculum linked employability resources designed to fit into timetables, including a suite of lessons adapted for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children in care.

Top tips
  • LifeSkills is used most effectively when built into the school or college’s progressive careers programme
  • Link to a programme of meaningful encounters to further embed learning and skills development
  • The programme also supports other benchmarks alongside benchmarks 4 and 6 – see our guide as to how these links can be made

Further information

These resources cover topics from building confidence, identifying strengths, key money skills, and developing the core transferable skills that employers need – to the practical elements of writing a CV and shining in an interview.


  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • English embedded careers learning
  • PSHE embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • SEND