Work skills programme helps young people take the next step towards employment


27 Nov 2014

Since July 2014, we have been working in partnership with Barclays and youth charities Rathbone and UK Youth to deliver a programme that supports marginalised young people to make the transition into training or employment.

The Stepping Stones project aims to improve the employability of 100 young people who took part in our financial capability project, Braclays Money Skills ‘champions’ by the end of December 2014.

‘Champions’ from across the country have been taking part in training to improve their CV and interview skills, as well as valuable sessions with Barclays employees to better understand the recruitment selection process.

Here’s what some of the young people from Rathbone had to say about their experience on the programme.

“I found the sessions really useful and they have helped me to build up my confidence and improve my skills” – Shannon Bowditch from Aberdare has been successful in securing a place at Merthyr Tydfil College.

“The sessions have really helped me and things just got better. I couldn’t believe it when I got a place in college last minute, it has helped me look forward to something new” – Shannon Coughlin from Dundee has now started at Arbroath College.

rathbone champs with staff

“I was lacking motivation at the beginning of the programme and now have the knowledge and the confidence to manage my college course and at the same time find a job” – Patryk Kieityka from Edinburgh is now studying at Edinburgh College.

“I can take a lot away with me on how to tailor my CV and cover letter to the types of job I want to apply for and make sure I include all the relevant details about my skills, qualifications and experience.” – Nashat Sharuwan from Derby is now on the traineeship programme with Rathbone, and looking for an apprenticeship.

stepping stone interview col

“I feel a lot more confident about how to approach an interview and really sell myself to a potential employer” – Shannon Dakin from Leicester is now on the traineeship programme with Rathbone and looking for an apprenticeship.

“I now know how to tailor my CV to the types of job I want to apply for.” – Samantha Holmes is studying Health and Social Care with Rathbone Walsall and wants to become a midwife.

champs in chairs

Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment at Barclays said, “We are delighted to have supported all the learners through the Barclays Money Skills and Stepping Stones projects and would like to thank everyone who helped us to make this happen.”