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Employment Schemes: English Language

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to how many (a) UK citizens, (b) non-UK EU citizens and (c) others his Department and Jobcentre Plus offered an English for Speakers of Other Languages course in order to help them secure employment in the last 12 months; and at what cost to the public purse such offers were taken up. (249197)

The information requested is not routinely collected and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

WP and Jobcentre Plus do not collect data on national origin as part of the skills referral system. Jobcentre Plus signposts customers to provision made available through Jobcentre Plus New Deal, the Learning and Skills Council, local authorities and other organisations from the public and voluntary sector. Language support is not delivered in isolation but as an integral component within a suite of basic skills provision delivered through programmes such as New Deal and the Learning and Skills Council’s Employability Skills Programme.

Jobcentre Plus funded provision is only available to customers who have the legal right to work in the UK and, furthermore, have qualified to receive benefits. It is therefore right and proper that those who are expected to contribute to the UK economy should be supported in their efforts to do so.