Pupil at a Teach First partner school at a STEM event

Barclays and Teach First

A partnership to bring careers into the classroom.

Barclays and Teach First

Following a successful partnership on STEM, our new three-year partnership with Barclays will support and effect strategic, long-lasting change in how schools deliver careers education and help young people access employment opportunities.

Research shows that young people from low-income backgrounds are three times more likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET) than their wealthier peers. All young people need access to the opportunities that will give them the same chance to succeed in the workplace, regardless of the school they attend. 

LifeSkills, an employability programme created by Barclays, will work with us to develop and implement careers and employability training to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to embed employability education across whole schools. 

Our aim is to increase the status of career leadership and to create a pipeline of school leaders committed to championing careers and employability learning (CEL). This will enable all teachers and school leaders to play a vital role in preparing young people for their lives beyond school.  

The training will be delivered to participating teachers through three strands of activity:

  1. Integrate CEL into the Teach First two-year Leadership Development Programme. This will involve working with new teachers, at both primary and secondary level, preparing them to have career conversations, built on a broad understanding of routes into employment and labour market information.  
  2. Deliver specialist career professional development  workshops to more experienced teachers and support them to make critical links between the curriculum and the world of work in their teaching.  
  3. Launch a Career and Employability Leadership Programme targeted at careers leaders. The 18-month programme will build a community of careers leaders with the knowledge and skills to design and implement a cohesive, high-quality whole-school strategy for careers and employability.   

Modules in the Careers and Employability Leadership Programme will include:

  • A session on financial literacy, developed by Barclays, addressing the importance of developing financial literacy skills in a school context to ensure all young people can succeed. 
  • An exploration of digital career literacy and how these skills can be developed into a whole-school careers programme.  
  • A module in which the teachers will critically evaluate different models of work experience placements and how to implement them effectively.

As well as the Careers and Employability Initiative, the support from Barclays will also allow to collaborate on the following programmes, to ensure young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are prepared for the 21st-century workplace.  

  • Connect with Work – an innovative employability programme aimed at individuals with the aptitude and attitude to enter work, but who face barriers such as lack of qualifications, experience or confidence.  The programme connects individuals aged 16 and over with businesses that are recruiting but struggling to find skilled and motivated individuals for their workplace. 
  • Industry champion role - Barclays Senior Leaders will be invited to volunteer their time and skills to support teachers on the programme, to advise on their whole-school strategies and act as a sounding-board as the teachers take a strategic approach to employer engagement to achieve lasting partnerships with employers. 
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