Through our meetings and general consultation with our group we are aware of people in our community who are not accessing ESOL classes due to their inability to understand any English and in some cases are not able to read or write in own languages. This has an impact on their wellbeing making it difficult to access services, integrate and contribute to society. This minority need real help with basic understanding before they can consider ESOL classes. Around 80% of working-age eastern European migrants who arrived after 2004 spoke a language other than English at home, compared with about 40% for other groups. This had consequences for their job prospects. About a quarter had work-related language difficulties, compared with about 6% for other immigrants. This trend is also being felt in the education system. Produced by the Migration Policy Institute and commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
We will establish a training programme working with partners including Tameside College and our local authority TMBC including key/core skills and knowledge needed by our members such as ESOL and Life in the UK course. Some of our members come to us with no English language skills and need lots of support to access training. We are putting together in-house training which will be spearheaded by WAD members who have achieved Postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Educationqualifications. This is designed to aid individuals in our community in their learning where English is not their first language. It would run like an after school program with structured events to discuss the problems they are facing on their courses and provide them with help to solve them and achieve their grades. We will have access to computers in the building and will deliver basic computer skills.
West African Development (WAD) will run every year (condition apply) programmes over 12 months course. These sessions will be aimed at people who can’t attend ESOL classes because their language skills do not make it possible. This is because they are cannot read and write the English language or even their own language. These sessions will be the most basic form of learning. This training will be delivered by a qualified ESOL trainer. There will be in support in these classes from volunteers including some who have a translation qualification.