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What is Words for Work?

Levi Roots working with students at Elmgreen SchoolWords for Work provides young people with authentic opportunities to develop the literacy skills they need to shape and achieve their aspirations.

Students work with volunteers from the local business community on activities designed to transfer knowledge of the workplace from volunteers to students.

Students who participate will be able to adapt their communication style to suit the workplace, ask well-structured questions to build their knowledge, listen effectively and understand how to communicate with clarity in both written and oral communication. 

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.

Workshops are designed for students in Years 8 and 9.

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.