English language training: why is it important?

Understanding English is key to building relationships, playing an active part the community, city and the decisions affect that you, as well as accessing employment and key services.

Are Londoners getting the English language training they need?

In 2017 we commissioned research on the availability of formal and informal English language learning opportunities in London. We found that demand for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses is higher than the supply:

There is also little information about local classes and learning opportunities often do not meet the needs of learners.

The research highlights the need to:

  • identify new investment in ESOL
  • support new approaches to planning and commissioning ESOL
  • increase attendance of formal and informal learning opportunities
  • address practical barriers to accessing ESOL learning

These findings will help us develop our work on skills and training in London.

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