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Skills Minister John Hayes has pledged to offer more support for people who face barriers learning the English language skills needed to become part of their local community.
My Hayes made the announcement following the publication of an equality impact assessment of provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training.
Mr Hayes said that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) will work in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to develop new forms of support for those who need informal, community-based learning of English.
From August this year, national provision of full funding for ESOL courses will be focussed on those actively seeking work on Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group).
Other eligible learners or their employers will be expected to make a contribution towards the costs of their ESOL course.
Mr Hayes said: “By targeting public funding on those in greatest need, and setting higher standards for providers, our reforms will make ESOL provision work better for learners, employers, and taxpayers.
“We are fully funding ESOL provision for jobseekers to help them to access work, but we will not use the public purse to support free English language training for individuals who have come here to take up work – companies that recruit abroad should take responsibility for that.”
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