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Saturday 04 May 2013

Barclays offers teenagers chance to shadow Brady

Work Experience of a Lifetime competition offers chance to shadow manager, too

Teenagers can win the chance to shadow West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady

People aged between 14-19 are being given the chance to understand better how a Barclays Premier League club is run or the life of a manager in the Barclays Premier League under a new initiative.

Under the “Work Experience of a Lifetime” competition, which is part of LifeSkills, teenagers can win a chance to shadow a Barclays Premier League manager or work with Karren Brady, the vice-chairman of West Ham United and a LifeSkills ambassador.

"I couldn’t have got to where I am today without the work experiences I had early on in my career"
Karren Brady

LifeSkills has been created with Barclays, the title sponsor of the Premier League, and is a curriculum-linked programme that aims by 2015 to equip 1m young people with the skills they need for work and connect them with work-experience opportunities. The aim is to provide 50,000 work experience opportunities this year

Other prizes include a trip to the headquarters of Facebook in California or learn from Jameela Jamil on how to become a broadcast presenter.

“I couldn’t have got to where I am today without the work experiences I had early on in my career,” Brady said. “They taught me what I was good at and the skills I needed to get ahead.”

To enter the Work Experience of a Lifetime competition people aged between 14 and 19 should go to and complete the simple registration. The competition closes on Wednesday 15 May with the majority of prizes taking place during LifeSkills Work Week starting on Monday 17 June 2013.

The LifeSkills website ( also offers dedicated areas for young people, teachers and businesses. After registration, free resources can be downloaded including top tips from the LifeSkills Ambassadors and guides to how to get the most from work experience. The non-branded lesson plans for teachers and resources for young people address three areas: Work Skills, People Skills and Money Skills.

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Key Points

  • Barclays Life Skills offering teenagers chance to win valuable work experience
  • Two prizes are working alongside West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady and a Barclays Premier League
  • People aged 14-19 can enter the competition via a website