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Basic English language for the unemployed

If English is not your first language we can help! If you want to learn English to enter into training or provide you with the skills to get a job, or further your studies we can help.

This programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).


The overall aims of programme are -  to help people who are more distant from the labour market and may face multiple disadvantages to tackle their multiple, complex and profound barriers to work and to move towards or into employment or to sustain employment.

To be eligible for this programme students must be eligible to work in the UK, but not currently doing so. 

The programme is aimed at students who have not yet established E1 and  learners and many have lower levels of literacy.

The course content is designed to build confidence, linguistic ability and well-being in order to help students overcome barriers to work and inclusion. The course will also incorporate employability skills training, including , CV writing, job search, application and interview techniques.

You will be introduced to the language you will use in everyday life to improve your employment prospects and UK life experience. Topics such as:

  • Greetings
  • Making calls
  • Completing forms
  • Reading

The programmes a typically 180 or 204 hours and internally assessed and accredited using the RARPA process.

At the end of the programme there are progression routes to:

  • Progression into paid employment                                               
  • Progression onto further study                                        
  • Progression onto job search (signing for an active benefit)      

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:


  • Pre-entry level English
  • Current resident of one of the specified boroughs
  • Legal resident of the UK (valid visa) and able to work in the UK
  • Unemployed
  • Economically inactive

And live in one of the following Boroughs:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Havering
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest


New CIty College - Tower Hamlets

Poplar High Street London, E14 0AF Phone: 020 7510 7510