Skills 4 Life

Skills 4 Life is a St John youth initiative focusing on first aid promotion and accredited youth participation.

It was created to help address the skills and employability issues faced by young people across Wales.

The project was launched in 2013 by Tori James, the first Welsh woman to climb Everest. Fifteen St John Cymru Wales youth volunteers joined Tori for a 7.5 km hike from Castell Coch to Caerphilly Mountain to mark the start of this exciting scheme.

The Skills 4 Life project is also supported by ex Welsh rugby union internationals Johnathan Davies, Martyn Williams and Rob Jones, Welsh rugby league player Keith Mason, boxing trainer Enzo Calzaghe and broadcaster Roy Noble.

We have committed to train more than 2,000 people in first aid over the next two years through the Skills 4 Life project, whilst also offering a number of qualifications, overseas placements and other training to individuals who are not in education or employment.
Who can get involved?

The initiative is aimed at reaching young people aged 11-25 years not in employment, education or training. However, we welcome all young people who are interested.

Skills 4 Life provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Build your confidence
  • Gain first aid skills
  • Increase employability
  • Become a volunteer
  • Gain accredited qualifications
  • Other opportunities include access to the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, volunteer placements, youth work training and creative activities.

The Skills 4 Life project will help you to decide your goals and help you to set out a plan for achieving them. You will also be offered guidance and support through each step.

For more information on how you can be involved in Skills 4 Life call 0300 2011 999 or email

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