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What is Words for Work?

Levi Roots working with students at Elmgreen SchoolWords for Work aims to help young people find employment. It is a school-based intervention offered to students before they start on the journey of exams, interviews and job-seeking. Words for Work improves students' literacy skills, helps them to develop crucial employability skills and teaches them confidence in their own abilities.

Effective speaking and listening skills are critical for employability. Words for Work challenges students to re-evaluate the way they use their communication skills by working alongside business volunteers on tasks that stimulate thought and discussion around communication and how important it may be for their future.

If you are a school...

It can take a lot of organisation but it’s definitely worth it. It’s probably one of the best things I’ve done in my teaching career.

  Jo, teacher

Words for Work Resource for SchoolsThe Words for Work Resource for Schools contains everything you need to plan, deliver and evaluate Words for Work in your school.

The easy-to-use lesson base provides up to 40 hours of pre-designed session plans aimed at Years 8, 9 and 10.

All topics come with links to the National Curriculum, the National Strategies Assessing Pupils' Progress Framework and Functional Skills levels 1 and 2.

Find out how your school can get involved 

If you are a business...

Kate Business volunteer quote


Words for Work enables you to contribute directly to your future workforce and reinforce your CSR activity.

It provides an opportunity to promote your brand in the local community and allows you to build long-term links with local schools. 

For individual employees who volunteer it provides an opportunity for them to:

  • improve their communication and coaching skills
  • feel the satisfaction of working with young people and "making a difference"
  • build on core competencies leading to increased personal effectiveness in the workplace

Find out more about volunteering for Words for Work


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.