A programme to train volunteers in supporting the delivery of language provision for those who have English as a second language in Wolverhampton is reaping rewards.

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City of Wolverhampton Council teamed up with Wolverhampton Adult Education Services to set up the project, working with city organisations like The Haven, Epic Café, Refugee and Migrant Centre and Aspiring Futures.

Twelve volunteers have successfully completed a 7 week intense training programme to secure the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test - an international qualification.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This programme has provided the volunteers with the confidence and skills to support them in their volunteering roles as well as eventually help several find employment.

"Wolverhampton is a very diverse place, and a place where many different languages are spoken.

"Therefore, it is important programmes like this are delivered in order to support our voluntary organisations to meet the needs of our communities."

Participants who gained the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test qualification this week received their certificates from City of Wolverhampton Mayor Barry Findlay and Mayoress Margaret Findlay.

The council's Economic Inclusion Service has also run several employability programmes with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support in partnership with organisations such as TLC College, Aspiring Futures, Gloucester Street Community Centre, and SEWA Centre.

This collaborative approach with city partners and voluntary organisations has provided coaching and mentoring, work experience, work related courses, computer skills, interview skills and employability support.

The programmes have seen more than 50 people with English as a second language become upskilled and more ready for work, with 20% of them securing employment.

If you require further information on future Language@Work programmes please contact Karen Sahota on 07881 358679 or Manjit Cheema on 07717 733051.

Caption: Front row (l:r) Pamela Walker, Manjit Kaur Koretaine, Harpreet Kaur, Mayoress Margaret Findlay, Mayor Barry Findlay, Shirin Khan, Manjit Cheema, CouncilEnterprising Communities Officer; Back row (l:r) Inga Iljukaite, Karen Sahota, CouncilBusiness and Projects Officer, Satwant Kaur, Cate Ball, and Kenny Rogers

  • released: Thursday 28 July, 2016