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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Volunteers needed to help Bradford pupils achieve their aspirations





Volunteers needed to help Bradford pupils achieve their aspirations
Volunteers are needed to share their insights and experiences of work with pupils who are deciding on their future careers. The National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford is encouraging local businesses to bring groups of employees into a secondary school to help young people prepare for the world of work.  
The National Literacy Trust’s Words for Work programme has been running successfully in Bradford since July 2016. The programme focuses on demonstrating the importance of literacy for success in employment; improving young people’s communication and literacy skills and giving them confidence in their own abilities. After completing the programme, young people will be able to adapt their communication style to suit the workplace, ask questions to improve their knowledge, listen effectively and understand how to communicate clearly both verbally and on paper. 
No previous experience of teaching or working with young people is necessary as full training will be provided. All volunteers need is a genuine desire to work with young people and to be patient and flexible.
Earlier this year, Words for Work successfully ran in Bradford’s Grange Technology College[1] involving local volunteers from a building society, a solicitors, the Police force as well as an entrepreneur.
 The organising teacher Ms Zafar was impressed with the students’ attitudes towards the programme; Words for Work’ gave the students involved an invaluable opportunity to work on key skills that they need for life outside of school and it could not have been more successful. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, making new friends and gaining confidence in their communication.
We need volunteers from different backgrounds who have experience in a range of roles and have demonstrated various skills in the workplace to share the insights which have shaped their own careers.
The National Literacy Trust will be running programmes in schools across the Bradford area starting in January. In a series of four workshops held on consecutive weeks of no more than two hours each, led by a teacher, volunteers will work with small groups of students undertaking a range of literacy activities including exploring formal and informal language, effective questioning, the impact of body language and effective presentation.
To find out more, please contact Words for Work Programme Manager, Laura Pope at Laura.pope@literacytrust.org.uk
To express your interest in becoming a Words for Work volunteer in Bradford please fill in this online contact form

About the National Literacy Trust 


We are a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.

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Phone us on 020 7587 1842 or email contact@literacytrust.org.uk.  


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.