Ipswich Community Media

New ‘English for Work’ Project

We are excited to announce ICM has won almost £20k from LIFT Community Grants to run a year-long project teaching a new ‘English for Work’ course to the local migrant community.

Through the project we will be providing weekly English language lessons run by our team of fantastic ESOL tutors. The classes will focus on language aimed at improving learners’ job prospects and progression into secure employment.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest in this course and indeed for all of our English language courses, which clearly shows the need for such support from local migrants who are keen to learn and to work.

The course will not only include teaching English, but will also build strong ties with local employers. We will be hosting workshops where learners can meet local employers, find out what they look for in an applicant, and ask them any burning questions they may have. We will also be facilitating local volunteer positions and work placements for learners to gain valuable work experience.

If you are a local employer or organisation and are interested in supporting our learners with a placement or volunteer opportunities, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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.

Prachi Katdare, ICM Director of Learning

The course is aimed predominantly at Roma, Eastern European and other local migrant communities, with the additional goals of improving integration in those communities, building confidence and reducing isolation. Building on our award winning track record in local community engagement, 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.

We are grateful to LIFT Community grants, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) for this funding.

We hope to be able to share progress on this project soon. Follow us on social media @IpswichCM for updates on this project and much more.

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