English for Work Project
We will shortly be embarking on a brand new project ‘English for Work’, run by our Integration Team. You check out our story about the positive impact this could have on individuals and the community at large above, and you can view the press release below.
£20k grant will support migrants’ ‘English for Work’ programme
8 October 2019
Ipswich Community Media (ICM) has won almost £20k from LIFT Community Grants, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) to run a year-long project teaching English for Work to local migrants furthest from the labour market and living in some of the most deprived and diverse wards in Ipswich.
The ‘English for Work’ project will provide weekly English language learning with a focus on improving learners’ job prospects and progression into secure employment. Aimed predominantly at Roma, Eastern European and other local migrant communities the project will also improve integration, build confidence and reduce isolation.
As part of the course local employers will be invited in to specially commissioned workshops to share what they look for in employees and give learners a chance to ask questions. Learners will also have the opportunity to take part in volunteering and work placements with local organisations and businesses to gain valuable experience.
Building on ICM’s award winning track record in local community engagement through media and music, the ‘English for Work’ project aims to be transformative, offering communities on the edge of society a unique opportunity to enter the employment market and access further education.
Prachi Katdare, Director of Learning said “We have seen a huge interest in our new ‘English for Work’ course, which shows how keen local migrants are to find work and fully integrate into their communities. We are impressed by the talents and skills our learners have to offer the local jobs market. Our course will complement this, by helping them to improve their English, build confidence and understand how to secure employment opportunities.”
Bruce Macgregor, Director of ICM said “This funding will help us to reach even more vulnerable people and provide them with the vital English language and employment knowledge they need to find jobs or access further education and training.
The volunteering and work placements will also help build confidence and improve integration for these often hard to reach communities.”