Workplace ESOL

Project Aim

Provides ESOL classes, mainly at beginners’/pre-intermediate level, aimed at improving speaking and listening skills of learners, in support of integration and enhanced knowledge of language for the workplace.

Project Description

Provides ESOL classes, mainly at beginners’/pre-intermediate level, aimed at improving speaking and listening skills of learners, in support of integration and enhanced knowledge of language for the workplace.

Target Audience

European economic migrants, mainly working in the fish packing industry

Learner testimonials / success stories

“Thanks to this course I stated to feel more confident and I started to believe in me, I would like very much to continue studying.”

“I met a lot of nice people what made me more comfortable speak English and learn new words and facts about UK.”

“I can better speak and have better vocabulary.”

“Ability to communicate with people from other country and together learn English.  Keep developing and with every lesson get more knowledge.”

“I have improved my writing skills and feel more confident to speak.”

ESOL for Employability

Project Aim

Supports non-native speaking learners on their learning journey through a range of employability based ESOL programmes some of which offer progression from partner’s community provision.

Project Description

This project is a combination of ESOL for Employability delivered in the Community, and ESOL for the Workplace.

Provision of SCQF level 2 and 3 ESOL for employability courses delivered in community venues. Courses delivered in localities in South Lanarkshire, based on demand. Content including: CV building, development of job–seeking vocabulary, applications, telephone skills, etc. dependent on students’ learning goals.

Organisation and delivery of ESOL learning opportunities in the workplace for SCQF level 2 and 3 ESOL learners. We engage with learners and employers to identify specific learning needs then develop courses which meet the need.  Possible content includes specific vocabulary for the workplace, specific input around understanding local Scottish accents.

Large numbers of migrant workers in these workplaces means that there is a great need for ESOL learning to improve English skills and to allow workers to engage more effectively in their communities. 

Our partnership work with BFAWU (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union) recently resulted in a successful ten week ESOL Workplace course delivered at Dawnfresh Seafoods in Uddingston. In total sixteen learners attended following negotiations with the union and Dawnfresh management.

The course had excellent attendance and feedback was extremely positive. 100% of learners completing course evaluation confirmed that they felt:

Target Audience

Syrian and Afghan people in the Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme.

Learner testimonials / success stories

• Very Satisfied with the course

• More able to do their job

• More able to apply for other jobs

• The course had given them an incentive to learn more

Almost 90% felt that the course had helped them become more confident in their ability to learn.

Delivering in partnership with employers and trade unions in the workplace enables us to ensure that we can target those most in need and that the provision happens at a time convenient to them.