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 visit a local business, take part in follow up skill building workshops and receive 1:1 support through mentoring.

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

Students are immersed in the workplace, meeting professionals, touring the office and getting advice on their next steps. 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 schools and colleges in these areas:

  • Bradford
  • Chatham

To find out more and get involved, please email our Programme Manager Rachel Toogood.

“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

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’.