Words for Work

Words for Work

Words for Work challenges the inequality in employment opportunities for young people, giving them the communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

Words for Work

About the programme

Research shows that young people entering the workplace often lack the speaking and listening skills to communicate successfully.

Words for Work:

  • Demonstrates the importance of literacy for success in employment by providing workplace context for students
  • Improves young people’s oral and written communication skills through activities lead by teachers and supported by corporate volunteers
  • Gives young people confidence in their own abilities and raises their career aspirations

The programme is designed for Key Stage 3 and post-16 students. KS3 students will work with local business volunteers in their school, while post-16 students will have the opportunity to visit a local business to learn about workplace communication.

Words for Work: Women in Leadership

Our new Words for Work: Women in Leadership programme, in partnership with Lancôme, aims to challenge inequalities in employment opportunities for young women in disadvantaged communities the UK.

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secondary girls and teacher

“I found the Words for Work programme a huge success and a pleasure to be a part of. It was incredible to see how quickly their confidence flourished and how much enjoyment and experience the students got from the programme. I recommend any school to be a part of this programme; it really does ignite a fire in students that you wouldn't typically see.”

Emma Bowler, St Peters Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Get involved

Schools and colleges

If you are interested in running Words for Work in your school, please join our waiting list.

Apply here.


Local business volunteers from a wide range of professions and industries can take part in Words for Work.

Register here.

Corporate partners

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.

Email us.

Who does Words for Work help?

Words for Work has numerous benefits for people across local communities:

  • Students

    Words for Work helps students to adapt their communication skills to suit the workplace, boosting their future employment prospects.

  • Schools and colleges

    Students’ confidence and speaking skills are improved through working with local business volunteers.

  • Businesses

    Words for Work enables businesses to contribute directly to their future workforce and can form a part of CSR activity.

  • Employees

    Through working with young people, Words for Work helps employees build their coaching skills, helping to improve communication at work.

Success stories

Read more about how Words for Work has impacted students, schools and businesses.