This guide has been developed by Learning and Work Institute as part of a wider project, undertaken at the request of the Department for Education (DfE), to understand and address barriers to apprenticeships for those with English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) needs.
The project aimed to:
• establish how and to what extent providers facilitate the transition from ESOL learning to apprenticeships
• identify current barriers to progression to apprenticeships for learners with ESOL needs;
• identify ways in which policy and practice could be improved, to enable more people with ESOL needs to access apprenticeships; and
• identify any current effective practice in supporting people with ESOL needs to progress into apprenticeships.
Our research indicates a number of ways in which employers can bene t from taking on apprentices whose rst language is not English.
• In many industries, it can be an advantage to have bi- or multi-lingual employees.
• ESOL apprentices are frequently highly motivated and may have professional, technical and vocational skills from their employment or training overseas.
• There is considerable potential in recruiting people whose first language is not English in terms of existing work skills. Considering candidates whose first language is not English may help employers recruit from a wider pool of applicants. Even if they do not already have Level 1 qualifications in English and maths, these can be worked towards during the apprenticeship.
• As large employers are now expected to pay an apprenticeship levy, it is advantageous to make use of the scheme to upskill employees and this could be an opportunity for employees who don’t speak English well. Many colleges and learning providers are able to o er ESOL support to apprentices.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Supporting people with English language needs to access apprenticeships