Careers and vacancies

We believe that the ability to communicate is a fundamental right and that society will only be fair when everyone has the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they need to fulfil their potential. 

By working with us, you can help to transform lives through literacy.

Job vacancies

Senior Policy and Communications Manager (maternity cover)

Closing date: 10am, Monday 19 February 2018

Salary: £40,000 to £42,000 per annum pro rata

Flexible, 28 to 35 hours per week

Fixed term up to one year 

Based in London SW8

Senior Programme Manager, Early Years 

Closing date: 10am, Monday 26 February 2018

Salary: £45,000 per annum 

Full time, 35 hours per week

Permanent contract

Based in London SW8

Please note that we do not accept CVs for job vacancies. Please view the job page to download an application form and return to  

Associate trainers

We are looking for experienced literacy consultants with a teaching background to deliver our training to schools across the UK. We run a range of courses for primary and secondary schools and as demand increases we need enthusiastic and dedicated specialists to deliver inspiring CPD and workshops where you can bring your own expertise while maintaining the core values and approaches of the National Literacy Trust.

All trainers are fully briefed and trained. We offer competitive rates for sessions and cover all reasonable expenses.

If you are interested in being a freelance associate trainer, please send your CV to or call 020 7587 3067. 

Request for tender

We are seeking proposals from organisations who are able to design and deliver a 3-day training programme to help writers create high quality and sought-after writing workshops for children and young people in a variety of settings. Find out more.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 2 March 2018

Please contact Fay Lant with any enquiries.

Volunteering opportunities

Words for WorkBradford, Middlesbrough, Stoke-on-Trent and Peterborough

We're looking for volunteers from these four local communities to work with secondary school students through a variety of activities designed to improve communication skills, sharing their knowledge of employment and the workplace. Full training will be provided.

Literacy Champions: Bradford

We’re looking for people across Bradford to become Literacy Champions in their local communities. As a Literacy Champion, you will be supported with training and advice to run literacy projects in the way you think will work best.

We also offer regular volunteering opportunities based in our office in London to support our core work in marketing, fundraising, communications and project development.

Equal opportunities

The National Literacy Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity or religion. 

We monitor our policies to ensure that discrimination does not occur in either our staffing practices or our work. In particular, our personnel policies have been designed to ensure that all staff have equal access to training, professional development and career progression.

All applicants are asked to complete an online equal opportunities monitoring form to enable us to monitor the effectiveness of our policies. This information is not part of your application and will not be used in any part of the selection process. It is anonymous and will not be seen by the interviewers or those involved in shortlisting your application, and all data will be stored confidentially and destroyed once it has been analysed.

UK living wage 

The National Literacy Trust is proud to be accredited as a UK Living Wage Employer.

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