About the programme
Research shows that young people entering the workplace often lack the speaking and listening skills to communicate successfully.
70% of employers rate literacy skills as one of their three most important considerations when recruiting school and college leavers. CBI Education and Skills Annual Report
Words for Work aims to:
- Demonstrate the importance of literacy for success in employment by providing workplace context for students
- Improve young people’s verbal and written communication skills through activities lead by teachers and through engagement with corporate volunteers
- Give young people confidence in their own abilities and raise their career aspirations
Words for Work: Dream BigTogether schools and local businesses support Key Stage 1 pupils to develop their literacy skills, raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes.Learn more
Words for Work: KS3Business volunteers bring workplace communication into the classroom to unlock students' speaking and listening skills.Learn more
Words for Work: Post-16Businesses open their doors to students giving them an insight into literacy and communication.Learn more
Words for Work: Women in LeadershipWords for Work: Women in Leadership helps girls and young women in post-16 education develop the literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence they need to achieve...Learn more
“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
Schools and colleges
If you are interested in running Words for Work in your school, please contact us to 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 develops students' literacy and communication skills to help them to achieve their aspirations. Words for Work can help schools to achieve The Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance.
Schools and colleges
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.
Success storyView detailsThe National Literacy Trust partnered with Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough in summer 2018 to run the Key Stage 3 Words for Work programme. Success storyView detailsStaff at Grange Technology College, a secondary school in Bradford, describe the positive impact the programme has had on pupils. Success storyView detailsVauxhall Primary School pupils became publishers for the morning on their Words for Work: Dream Big workplace visit to DK publishers.