Foundation Learning students Benefit from National Literacy Trust Words for Work programme

18 December 2018

Our Foundation Learning students have been taking part in the Words for Work programme, run by the National Literacy Trust.  Words for Work gives young people the literacy and communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace.


This term saw the fourth Words for Work programme the National Literacy Trust has run with Foundation Learning students from Swindon College.  In November, the students were fortunate to take part in a Business Emersion Day at Nationwide, to experience a working day at the business.  The students had a tour of the Nationwide offices, before having the opportunity to interview volunteers about their roles and career history.


Speaking about the business immersion day, one student said, ‘The day was useful and interesting,’ with another adding, ‘I thought the day was very fun and active.’


Last Friday saw a follow up visit from Nationwide volunteers and members of the National Literacy Trust, for workshops discussing CV building, interview preparation and formal communication skills.  One volunteer from Nationwide commented, ‘It was a privilege to host the students and to share our work environment, and then to follow up and help them prepare for work.’


The Words for Work programme has been hugely beneficial to the students involved and has left a positive impression on them.  One lecturer said, ‘the programme raised confidence levels amongst students,’ with another commenting that ‘commitment from volunteers has been incredible.’


The National Literacy Trust said, ‘It was fantastic to engage with such an enthusiastic group of young people and we look forward to working with Swindon College again in the future.’

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