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Weedon et al. (2011) Skills for Scotland: Learning in and for businesses

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Weedon et al. (2011) report their findings following examination of initiatives aimed at improving the skills of Scotland’s workforce. One of the key research partners (a trade union) was involved in the facilitation of English language learning for migrant workers and it was found that such organisations can offer opportunities for learning. Such institutions can also play a potentially pivotal role in supporting migrant learners in the workplace. The report also identified challenges associated with the delivery of such programmes, particularly to workers with few, or no, qualifications. The issue of encouraging learner engagement is also considered. The development of an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) strategy was driven by the need for policies to aid the economic and social integration of recent arrivals whose first language was not English. This strategy was needed in view of increased immigration to Scotland (predominantly from within the EU). This study underlines the importance of learning English for use in the workplace and, of developing an ESOL strategy that reflects this.

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Weedon, E., Riddell, S., Tett, L. and McGovern, M. (2011) Skills for Scotland: Learning in and for businesses. Edinburgh: Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity.

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