Life Skills is a unique youth career and development programme, delivered by the British Council and sponsored by HSBC.

The initiative aims to develop the career prospects of young people aged 18–30 who are unemployed and not in education, or who wish to make a positive change in their career pathway and carve out a better future.


Are you 18 to 30 years old and in search of your professional identity? Then take part in one of our workshops!

Through our educational workshops, participants will have the opportunity to explore the process of transition they are undergoing; understand their skills, experiences and interests; broaden their understanding of the concept of the social economy and – ultimately – map out a personal and professional development plan.

The workshops are experiential, free of charge and are delivered online.

More than 1,700 young people from all over Greece will benefit from the workshop programme.

Two-month paid internships

Five cycles of paid internships have been organised and completed throughout Greece. The participants:

  • developed new skills
  • benefited from networking opportunities
  • gained work experience and enriched their CVs
  • met with professionals from the social enterprise sector and from businesses with a social footprint.

Interns also had the opportunity to take part in Start-up Bootcamps along with representatives from their internship host company and jointly design products or services, further expanding their co-operation.

The programme allowed us to support 97 young people by providing them with access to jobs in order to build a better future.

Social hackathons

The social hackathons served as a participatory learning process where young people worked in collaboration with social enterprises, broadened their horizons, became familiar with the social economy and marketing, and developed new skills related to co-operation, communication, time management and organisation.

Three social hackathons took place: one face-to-face in Athens, one face-to-face in Thessaloniki and one online. Each hackathon involved young people aged 18–30, who formed teams and collaborated with social enterprises representatives on creating/improving a product/service with a social impact.

Three teams won a prize of €2,000 for the implementation of their proposal. Black Light (Athens), Amimoni (online) and Bioscoop (Thessaloniki) were the three winning teams. The individual members of the winning teams also received a €100 gift card from social enterprises.

About Life Skills

Life Skills aspires to make a real impact on Greek society by promoting employment in social enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a social impact as an alternative and inclusive career choice and as a means of tackling youth unemployment.

The programme will be carried out through two rounds of paid internships in social enterprises or enterprises with a social footprint throughout Greece.

The programme will also host a series of training workshops and Start-up Bootcamps, which will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their skills and put their business ideas into practice.

At the end of the two-year programme (October 2021–September 2023), participants will have gained employability and career skills, access to jobs and the ability to plan for a brighter future, as well as make a real positive impact on their communities.


For further information, please contact Victoria Kyriaki:

Telephone 210 369 2337