English Speaking as a Foreign Language (3)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Many Londoners in need of English language learning support are earning a minimum wage. Would the Mayor advocate employers being encouraged to contribute towards the cost of, or otherwise support, ESOL learning for employees, as recently advocated in report 'On Speaking Terms' by the think tank Demos?


Answer for English Speaking as a Foreign Language (3)

Answer for English Speaking as a Foreign Language (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I want London employers to pay staff at least the London Living Wage in light of the far higher living costs faced by people in London, especially for housing and childcare.

I would also encourage all employers to consider the needs of their workforce and support these as appropriate to their business. However, we also need a skills system that responds to employers' needs. London Councils are leading the design of the LEP's ESF skills programmes and will scope the potential for ESOL provision to be included in this. 

English language ability is key to enabling individuals to achieve their full potential and contribute fully to the community in which they live. As such, learning English language continues to be the priority in London Enriched, my strategy for migrant and refugee integration.