Learning is vital to integration

5 December 2016

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed Dame Louise Casey’s report into social integration and the focus on ensuring everyone has the English skills they need. 

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, commented:

“Knowing that language is vital to integration, cohesive communities, social inclusion and individual opportunity, we need urgent action to help the estimated 850,000 people in the UK with English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) needs, as well as the millions of other adults with basic skills needs. 

“However, funding for ESOL has more than halved in recent years and figures published recently show there are 50,000 fewer ESOL learners now than just five years ago.

“Alongside increased investment, we need to think about how best to engage people and offer support. Learning and Work Institute’s Citizens’ Curriculum is a proven way of engaging people in the learning they need and we have successfully trialled it with a number of groups with ESOL needs. 

“We need a national mission for everyone to have the English skills they need. We can’t just will the ends, without willing the means too.”