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Call for volunteers to help inspire students through the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign

14 May 2015

Words for Work Middlesbrough

The National Literacy Trust is launching its communication and employability project Words for Work as part of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign which is joining forces with High Tide Foundation to recruit volunteers.

118 volunteers are needed to go into the Macmillan Academy, Unity City Academy and Ormesby School and work with pupils in years eight and nine who are starting to think about potential future careers. In a series of four workshops, led by a teacher, volunteers will work with small groups of students to on communication and presentation skills while sharing their own experience of life in the workplace.

The National Literacy Trust’s Middlesbrough Hub Manager, Allison Potter says:

“Words for Work really helps young people who are starting to think about possible future careers to prepare for the world of employment. Volunteers will be richly rewarded for sharing the experiences and insights which have shaped their own working lives through seeing young people’s skills and confidence develop. Volunteers from different backgrounds and varied experiences in the workplace are vital for the programme’s success.

We’re delighted to be launching Words for Work in Middlesbrough and working with the High Tide Foundation which is committed to improving education and employment opportunities in Teesside. It’s organisations like these which are vital for supporting the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign’s aim to raise literacy in the area."

No previous experience of teaching or working with young people is necessary as full training will be provided. All volunteers need is a genuine desire to work with young people and to be patient and flexible.

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