Key Facts

Interactive workshops that offer individual support can help each student build a CV and cover letter to match their skill set and aspirations.

Top Tips for Delivery

Use templates for CVs to ensure they are clear, concise but comprehensive.
Ensure CVs and covering letters are well thought-out and appropriate for the job description and employer.
Gro Your CV - help for young people to translate their social action experience into ‘CV speak’

Case Study

Students recalled learning what to include in a CV and being shown different templates, which was again new information. In the session, students started to prepare their own CVs and some recalled spending further class time on it, which they felt reinforced the information they learnt in the LifeSkills session. This may have contributed to a large positive improvement in their perceived CV skills, from little confidence to a moderate level of confidence. “All I knew before [LifeSkills] is that you had to put your GCSE’s on it.”

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, helps young people get the skills they need to enter the world of work.
Consisting of free, curriculum-linked resources and workshops for schools, online content so young people can access materials outside of the classroom, work experience opportunities, and advice for businesses on how to take on an apprentice or trainee, over 1.6 million young people have participate in the programme since 2013. The Work Foundation’s independent review of the programme found that it is raising the confidence and aspirations of the young people who take part.

For more information see: Barclays Life Skills

Link to Research
Tu.T & Higton. J (2003), Employability & Education; Ipsos-MORI 

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