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ERIC Number: ED541614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Words for Work Report 2011/12: Evaluation Summary
Melvin, Sally; Kenwright, Laura
National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust's Words for Work programme is an innovative way for schools and businesses to join forces and address the nation's employability. Volunteers from the corporate world are partnered with secondary schools within their community to explore speaking and listening in the workplace through a range of workshops, aiming to develop confidence and knowledge of communication skills in context of employability issues for young people participating. Trust's staff tracked self-reflective surveys of 232 students before and after the project took place to measure changes in a number of areas around communication, confidence and thoughts about future employment. In addition, they tracked teachers' thoughts on 109 students' progress at three points during the project: pre, mid-point and post-project. These are the headline results of this evaluation: (1) The programme raised confidence in young people; (2) The programme raised awareness and knowledge of employment in young people; and (3) The programme helped young people to improve their communication skills. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)