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 is being launched at Hanson Academy. 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.

The National Literacy Trust in Bradford’s Hub Manager, Imran Hafeez said:

We’re delighted to be launching the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Work programme in Bradford. It is a fantastic experience for young people who are beginning to think about potential future careers to get an insight into the world of work. We need volunteers from different backgrounds who have a range of roles and have had various experiences in the workplace to share the insights which have shaped their own careers. It’s a great opportunity for volunteers who will be rewarded through seeing young people’s skills and confidence develop as they think about the skills they will need for their future careers.”

Michael Jameson, Strategic Director Children's Services for Bradford Council said: “Bradford Council is committed to ensuring children are prepared for the world of work when they leave school, so it’s fantastic that the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford is working to support this priority. The Words for Work programme will fuel our young people's ambitions and I encourage Bradford’s workforce to get involved – their enthusiasm is vital for inspiring pupils to explore different opportunities, as well as supporting them to develop the skills they need for the workplace.”

Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture said: “I’m delighted the National Literacy Trust has managed to secure this funding for Bradford. It’s really important for our young people to be aware of what’s needed in the world of work so bringing business volunteers into schools is really helpful. It also fits with our ambitions in the Bradford Education Covenant which asks for every part of the Bradford community to get involved in raising our children’s level of achievement.”

There are two opportunities for volunteers from a wide range of professions and industries to make a difference through Words for Work:

1. Words for Work | One day project:

On Tuesday 21 June, a minimum of 25 volunteers are needed to volunteer for a day at Hanson Academy . Working with the school’s whole Year 9 (aged 13-14 years), volunteers will use their career experience to help inform students about interview skills and talk to them about working life as a professional in their various industries. Lunch will be provided by the school.

2. Words for Work | Full project

Starting: The week beginning of 20 June 2016 (dates and times are to be confirmed).

Six volunteers are needed to visit Hanson Academy and work with 20 pupils in Year 9.  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 Project Manager, Lucy Kerrigan at lucy.kerrigan@literacytrust.org.uk.

To express your interest in becoming a Words for Work volunteer in Bradford please fill in this online contact form

For further information about the Bradford Literacy Campaign or the National Literacy Trust, please contact Jo Franks, Local Media and Campaigns Officer on 0207 820 6256 or Jo.Franks@literacytrust.org.uk


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Published: 30/03/2016
Audience: Secondary schools
Contact: The Literacy Trust

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