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Evaluation of the London City Strategy ESOL Pilot: final report (Research Report No 744)

Bellis, Anne and Sigala, Maria and Oakley, Joy, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), corp creator. (2011) Evaluation of the London City Strategy ESOL Pilot: final report (Research Report No 744).

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Abstract

A report of research carried out by Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions This report presents findings from research carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies as part of the evaluation of the London City Strategy Pathfinder English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Pilot. The research was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The two-year ESOL Pilot was designed to demonstrate how work-focused ESOL training provision can support access to sustainable employment for people who speak English as an additional language: the main target group was parents with ESOL needs who were in receipt of benefits or tax credits. The ESOL Pilot was located within the London City Strategy Pathfinder (CSP) areas of East and Southeast London and West London, which face typical inner-city problems of social deprivation and worklessness. They are also areas with large, well-established Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities with disproportionately high rates of unemployment. One of the main aims of the ESOL Pilot was, therefore, to address some of the key barriers to employment faced by members of these communities. This study took a primarily qualitative approach, consisting of an inception phase, followed by two waves of qualitative interviews with participants, provider staff and other stakeholders. In total, there were 175 interviews conducted during the course of the research: 104 with participants, 61 with providers and their partners and ten with stakeholders.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Department of Work and Pensions
Additional Information: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2011-2012/rrep744.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 08:40
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:35
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/3564
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