MP meets pupils to hail bank skills plan

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SOUTH­PORT MP John Pugh joined pupils from Pres­field School in the Com­mons to cel­e­brate the work of LifeSkills, a pro­gramme cre­ated by Bar­clays.

Launched in 2013, LifeSkills equips young peo­ple with the core em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills they need to move into the work­place.

De­liv­ered through ed­u­ca­tors or on­line, the pro­gramme helps to de­velop skills such as CV writ­ing, in­ter­view skills, net­work­ing, prob­lem solv­ing, cre­ativ­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and man­ag­ing on­line rep­u­ta­tion.

At the re­cep­tion, Mr Pugh had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with teach­ers and pupils of Pres­field High School and Spe­cial­ist Col- lege to learn more about how the pro­gramme works and, most im­por­tantly, the im­pact it is hav­ing in the con­stituency.

“It gives young peo­ple who may start at a dis­ad­van­tage real hope and con­fi­dence,” he said.

The re­cep­tion was also at­tended by MPs and Peers from across the House, as well as se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bar­clays, in­clud­ing Group CEO Jes Sta­ley, LifeSkills Am­bas­sador Baroness Brady CBE and mem­bers of the LifeSkills Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Mr Pugh said: “We hear quite a few neg­a­tive sto­ries about banks, but it’s great to see a ma­jor bank like Bar­clays help­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity with their LifeSkills pro­gramme.

“The work that has gone on at Pres­field High has been fan­tas­tic and I was de­lighted to meet both Miss McKenna and Philip and Tay­lor to hear about how much they have en­joyed the scheme, and how beneficial it has been to them.”

Head of re­gional cor­po­rate re­la­tions for Bar­clays in the North West, David Bruce, com­mented: “Bar­clays have now reached over 3m young peo­ple with the LifeSkills pro­gramme since its launch in 2013, ei­ther through edu- cators or di­rectly through our web­site.

“This is a mas­sive achieve­ment for the pro­gramme and shows that LifeSkills is con­tin­u­ing to grow at a mon­u­men­tal pace, pos­i­tively af­fect­ing large num­bers of young peo­ple through­out the UK.”

MP John Pugh, sec­ond right, meets staff and pupils from Pres­fields High School and Spe­cial­ist Col­lege: Tay­lor Chi­cano Cather­all, left, Miss Jenna McKenna, and Philip Rigby

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