Course to help local jobseekers learn English

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Jobseekers learning English will be given a helping hand thanks to a new scheme.

Denbighshire County Council’s Working Denbighshire programme, the English for Speakers of Other Languages Co-ordinator, the Wales Strategic Migration Partnership, Adult Learning Wales and the British Red Cross have developed a course for residents learning English as a foreign language.

The free 12-week course, which starts on March 1, explores English used in the work setting, cultural orientation and offers volunteering placements for participants to practice language skills and gain insights into the working environment and culture in the UK.

The course is aimed at mixed abilities and is suitable for absolute beginners.

Cllr Mark Young, lead member for Corporate Standards, Equality and Anti-Poverty, said: “This programme helps support citizens whose language is a barrier to accessing volunteering, education and employment and will help enrich the cultural make up and skills base in the county as well as helping social inclusion.

“It also ensures equal access to opportunities, helps support minority groups, promotes diversity and equality and creates opportunities for local business to benefit from diverse skills and knowledge.”

A series of posters have been designed in Welsh, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Kurdish as well as English to help reach those who would benefit most from the course.

An information day will be held on February 15 at Rhyl Library between 10am and 1pm and for more information contact Working Denbighshire on 01745 331438.

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