Call for language strategy to help refugees to work

The Government needs to create a coherent strategy to provide better quality
English teaching to refugees to help them find work.

This is the view of the Employability Forum, an independent organisation set
up to promote the employment of refugees in the UK.

The forum is calling for a review of the rule that prevents refugees from
attending classes for more than 16 hours a week.

It claims that language is the single most important factor in refugees
finding employment and says that currently there are problems because employers
are not aware of what training is available.

There is also confusion among employers about who is eligible for funding
and support and concerns that there are not enough courses to match demand.

Patrick Wintour, director of the Employability Forum, said: "Work is
crucial to any integration strategy. The Government has put forward interesting
proposals about citizenship which place an emphasis on learning English and
understanding life in the UK, but it is essential the Government puts in place
resources to match the rhetoric."


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