Young people from Rosedale College in Hayes, Middlesex, and Bishop David Brown School in Woking, Surrey, have been taking part in a project to help teenagers improve their communication skills.
Words for Work was created by the National Literacy Trust to help Year 9 pupils learn about the communication skills valued in the workplace through partnerships between schools and employers.
Volunteers from the organisations set challenges for pupils such as giving a presentation or designing campaign posters. They also helped young people to improve their communication skills through making eye contact, having good body language and speaking clearly.
Hannah Slim, a pupil at Bishop David Brown School, said: "Before, I was a bit shy and talked to myself. Now, I've been able to speak up and have my own view without being embarrassed."
Employer Soonita Shaikh, from McLaren Automotive, said: "All the volunteers were nervous but when we got into our group we really gelled and now we're performing as a team."
The National Literacy Trust decided to run the project after research showed that 41 per cent of UK employers are worried about the literacy skills of their new recruits. HW.