Call for language strategy to help refugees to work

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Call for language strategy to help refugees to workOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today The Government needs to create a coherent strategy to provide better qualityEnglish teaching to refugees to help them find work. This is the view of the Employability Forum, an independent organisation setup to promote the employment of refugees in the UK. The forum is calling for a review of the rule that prevents refugees fromattending classes for more than 16 hours a week. It claims that language is the single most important factor in refugeesfinding employment and says that currently there are problems because employersare not aware of what training is available. There is also confusion among employers about who is eligible for fundingand support and concerns that there are not enough courses to match demand. Patrick Wintour, director of the Employability Forum, said: “Work iscrucial to any integration strategy. The Government has put forward interestingproposals about citizenship which place an emphasis on learning English andunderstanding life in the UK, but it is essential the Government puts in placeresources to match the rhetoric.” Weblink www.employabilityforum.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more