Support young people in Staffordshire

The National Literacy Trust Published: September 3, 2019
Opportunity Type
New Skills & Experiences, Fulfillment & Personal Achievement, Make A Difference Locally
Teaching, Training & Coaching, Youth Work


We are looking for volunteers to support students at Newcastle Academy on Words for Work, the National Literacy Trust’s flagship literacy and employability programme.

What will you be doing?

We are looking for volunteers to support students on the Words for Work programme at Newcastle Academy.

Words for Work is the National Literacy Trust’s flagship employability programme, providing young people with the literacy and communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace. As a volunteer, you will be working with a group of KS3 students, sharing your experience of the workplace with them and helping them to develop their literacy and workplace communication skills.

The programme will take place over the following four dates. We encourage volunteers to attend all sessions, where possible:

  • Tuesday 17th September: 9 -10am
  • Tuesday 24th September: 9 - 10am
  • Tuesday 1st October: 9 - 10am
  • Tuesday 8th October: 9 -10am

There will also be a 45 minute training session which will be scheduled in advance of the first session.

About National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy.

One in six in the UK has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication skills can't succeed at school and as an adult will be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood of literacy failure by the age of five.

We are the national charity dedicated to addressing this. We are working to a five-year strategy, leading the campaign to address the UK's literacy challenge and transforming opportunities for the most deprived children. We work in partnership with schools and the education sector and lead business and community partners to tackle the problem in the country's poorest communities. Our research and policy programmes fuel our critical campaign.

Our mission is to equip young people with literacy fit for employment and life.

What are we looking for?

We're looking for volunteers from all walks of working life and all kinds of backgrounds, who can bring creativity, flexibility, good communication skills, confidence and a positive nature to the classroom. We have worked successfully with volunteers from all stages of careers. The key thing is enthusiasm and a drive to support the next generation.

We're looking for volunteers who:

  • Can share their own experience of communication in the workplace
  • Can work with small groups of students to raise confidence and develop their literacy skills and workplace knowledge
  • Understand the importance of literacy and written and verbal communication skills for success in all walks of life

What difference will you make?

  • Develop young people's literacy and communication skills
  • Help get young people ready for the working world
  • Help increase young people's confidence

What's in it for the volunteer?

  • Enables employees to improve their professional development and sense of satisfaction in the workplace
  • Builds long term links with local schools and the surrounding community
  • An opportunity to take an active role in developing young people’s literacy skills so they are ready for employment
Only registered members can apply for opportunities.

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