Having been given her own chance in the workplace very early in life, and now with teenage children of her own, Karren is committed to helping young people get their big break and fulfil their potential. In 2013, she helped set up the Barclays LifeSkills Programme, with the aim of creating 50,000 new work experience placements for 14-16-year-olds. She acts as an Ambassador for the programme, and chairs the Lifeskills Advisory Council.