Haydn, aged 15, was selected to take part in our Words for Work programme when he was in his final year at Bishop David Brown School in Woking.
About the programme
Research shows that young people entering the workplace often lack the speaking and listening skills to communicate successfully. Through Words for Work we help young people understand the link between success at school and later in life, and encourage them to widen their aspirations.
Volunteers from the local community work with students through a variety of activities designed to improve communication skills, sharing their knowledge of employment and the workplace.
If you are interested in running Words for Work in your school, please join our waiting list.
Local business volunteers from a wide range of professions and industries can take part in Words for Work.
Corporate partners play a significant role in supporting Words for Work, funding the project in local schools, hosting visits at their sites and providing volunteers.
Words for Work helps students to adapt their communication skills to suit the workplace, boosting their future employment prospects.
Students’ confidence and speaking skills are improved through working with local business volunteers.
Words for Work enables businesses to contribute directly to their future workforce and can form a part of CSR activity.
Through working with young people, Words for Work helps employees build their coaching skills, helping to improve communication at work.
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Jo Washburn, an English teacher at Bournville School in Birmingham, led our Words for Work scheme as she thought it would be a good opportunity for her students.
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HR Manager for Eric Robinson Solicitors, Lisa Rome, volunteered at a school in Southampton as part of our Words for Work programme.