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In 2014, 98% of young people who took part in this training felt that their knowledge had improved as a result and they were planning and budgeting ahead.

Our long-term strategic partnership has enjoyed many successes over the years with 2015 marking a significant point in our relationship. We launched a new programme, Skills for Success, helping to raise the aspirations of vulnerable young people as they look ahead to securing paid work. In April 2015, our research showed that more than half of the UK’s young people felt nervous about their employment prospects. 41% said that not having the right skills, experience or training was the most common reason for them feeling that they can never have the career they want.

Our insights show that young people are daunted by the competitiveness of today’s job market and struggle to find the right support, career advice and mentoring to move forward. That’s why we are committed to equipping the next generation with the training they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families through the Skills for Success programme.
Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment at Barclays

Barclays’ colleagues volunteer at workshops and local services in addition to offering pro-bono support across our internal projects, including developing our donor acquisition strategy and increasing the number of regular donors to Action for Children. Colleagues have also supported our work through fundraising and commercially, via the Freedom Rewards scheme through which customers can donate their points to Action for Children.

The workshop session was very humbling and I learnt from the experience in the same way the young people did. It was amazing to see such resilience and aspirations. I wish them all the best!
Jane, Barclays London

We are incredibly grateful to Barclays for helping to transform the lives of the vulnerable young people we work with through their on-going support, helping more young people every year to reach their full potential.

Our partnership forms part of Barclays’ overall commitment to helping five million disadvantaged young people, by 2015, to develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.

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