Most people have heard of the term university of life. Some people even claim to have been to it.
But a Midland-based firm is planning to go one step further and set up the country's first "School for Life".
The centre, based in Shropshire, will aim to equip teenagers with the skills needed to thrive in the cutthroat " real world" and become tomorrow's top executives.
Topics covered include business etiquette, public speaking, conflict resolution, networking and effective use of body language.
It will also include lessons in ballroom dancing to help students to shine at social functions.
Staffordshire-based training consultancy Impression Management said the school would help youngsters to get a head start in the employment market.
Lorna Sheldon, the firm's co-founder, said: "We feel there is a big gap between the time they leave school and the time they start business."
The kind of real-life skills the school will aim to teach are similar to those Sir Alan Sugar was looking for on BBC2's TV reality show The Apprentice.
Ms Sheldon, who has 20 years' experience as a business coach, claimed that despite the boom in Britain's service sector, many people lacked the basic presentation skills needed to succeed in it.
"One of the things we felt they were sadly lacking is the business and social etiquette," she said.
Much emphasis will be placed on showing youngsters how to maximise the impact they make in the business arena.
Details in body language such as how to stand when speaking in public will be a core part of the training.
Ms Sheldon, who is also managing director of Lichfield-based business consultancy Complete Works International, said: "If someone stands up to make a presentation they may be nervous and step back and forward or start to walk which creates a distraction."
Ms Sheldon claimed the school intended to reinforce the link between good education and good business.
"In an ever-more competitive world, qualifications are only the first step to success. Tomorrow's top executives must know how to look, speak and behave in a wide variety of circumstances."
The school will initially run for a pilot week for 17 to 19-year-olds during August at Ellesmere College, North Shropshire.
Students will have to pay £595, including five night's accommodation, but the firm hopes schools and business groups will help youngsters from low income families who want to take advantage.