Words for Work: Post-16

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Businesses open their doors to students giving them an insight into literacy and communication.

About the programme

Words for Work: Post-16 gives students the opportunity to meet business volunteers and understand the practical application of literacy within the workplace.

Engaging with business volunteers will either happen through students visiting a local business, online engagement or business volunteers visiting the classroom. Students take part in skill-building workshops and receive support through mentoring.

The programme has been designed to work with all post-16 students and is particularly beneficial for functional skills learners.

During teacher-led sessions, students prepare for interviews, practise formal writing and deliver presentations. Students can share their CVs, cover letters and application forms with volunteers through mentoring, either face-to-face or via our secure e-mentoring platform.

Current opportunities

We are currently seeking to work with students in schools and colleges in these areas:

  • Birmingham
  • London

Places are free and come fully resourced, and you'll also receive free National Literacy Trust membership for a year and book gifting per student, or for your school library. To find out more and get involved, please email Words for Work.

The impact

After taking part in the programme:

  • Students’ understanding of workplace communication skills increased by 90%.
  • 92% of students knew what might be expected of them in a job interview.
  • 91% of students felt the programme prepared them to enter employment.
  • 100% of teachers rated the Words for Work: Post 16 programme as ‘excellent’.

“The post-16 Words for Work programme is crucial for the development of oracy and confidence skills. For young people who are leaving school, starting a college course, and preparing for employment, what better opportunity than to develop these skills, via real employers at inspirational workplaces. This is the key step for post-16 students from the classroom to their future."

Marta Essinki, Head of English and Maths at Ealing College