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ESOL for unemployed learners:
recent developments and their
implications

Stuart Hollis

Alex...
It’s all change – well, sort of…
•
•
•

New funding arrangements for 13/14
Skills conditionality and Universal Credit
(UC)...
•

•

New Knowledge of Language and Life in
the UK (KoLL) requirements from 28th Oct
2013
New ESOL qualifications from Sep...
The Policy Context

Source: Skills Funding Statement 2012 – 2015 (BIS/SFA, Dec. 2012)
SFA Funding
•
•

Transitional funding whilst new ESOL
qualifications are developed on the QCF
Providers’ ESOL income guara...
•
•

‘non-regulated’ learning aims are still
funded (pre-entry to Level 2)
Issue in L1/L2 full qualifications around the
r...
Job Outcome Payments
•
•
•

Reduces disincentive if an unemployed
learner leaves the course early to start a job
50% of th...
•
•

To be eligible, the job must be for more
than 16 hours a week, for 4 weeks in a row
Requires a declaration from the l...
Skills Conditionality
•
•

Increased conditionality regime for JSA has
become part of the ESOL landscape
Many providers ha...
•
•

NIACE ran ‘ESOL and Employability’
workshops nationally Jan – March 2013
‘ESOL Toolkit’ for JCP advisers produced
ESOL and Employability
•

Partnership working critical
•
•
•

•

JCP awareness of ESOL provision and issues
More effective...
•
•

Concern about the implications for those not
in a position to work but who need ESOL
NIACE hopes to share some good p...
Universal Credit (1)
•

•

Combines an array of working age benefits
into a single, means-tested benefit for those
both in...
•
•
•

Currently piloted in Tameside, Greater
Manchester
6 further pilots to commence October 2013,
including Hammersmith
...
Universal Credit (2)
•

•

Eligibility for SFA funding basically similar
existing JSA arrangements, no ‘16 hour
rule’
Clai...
•
•

Screened and referred as a matter of
course where language needs identified
If mandated, eligible for full funding ev...
Implications for Providers
•
•

Increased referrals from JCP and potentially
other sources e.g. housing providers
NIACE un...
•
•
•

Focus on Speaking and Listening,
employability skills and job search skills
Demand for provision to support budgeti...
New KoLL Requirements
•

•

From 28th October 2013, learners will have
to demonstrate spoken language skills at
B1 (ESOL E...
•

•

Learners will have to stay in provision
longer to achieve E3 Speaking and
Listening
Concerns about length of time ne...
Pressure on the Adult Skills
Budget
•
•
•

Skills conditionality / UC – more referrals
Increased intensiveness of provisio...
•
•
•

New KoLL requirements
Adult Skills budget reduced and potential for
other capacity issues
Providers have flexibilit...
Policy Emphasis on FS and
GCSE
ESOL and Functional Skills
English
•
•

Relationship of ESOL to Adult Literacy –
linked, but distinct in many respects
Lon...
•

•

New forms of multilingualism mean that
distinctions between ESOL and English are
not always clear (for learners or p...
New NIACE Work
•

•
•

Commissioned by BIS to look at
ESOL learners’ progression to
FS English and GCSE English
language
C...
Towards a ‘New Curriculum for
Difficult Times’?
•
•

NIACE report on work by ACL providers –
‘A New Curriculum for Difficu...
Adult Learners’ Week
•
•
•

Nominations are open ...
Individuals, projects and employers
Awards take place in June 2014

w...
NIACE ESOL Publications
•

•

•

Review of
ESOL titles and
formats
Call for
contributors
and writers
Support
available – g...
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ESOL for unemployed learners - implications and developments

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ESOL for unemployed learners - implications and developments

  1. 1. #esolshoestring @alexsNIACE ESOL for unemployed learners: recent developments and their implications Stuart Hollis Alex Stevenson, Senior Project Officer alex.stevenson@niace.org.uk
  2. 2. It’s all change – well, sort of… • • • New funding arrangements for 13/14 Skills conditionality and Universal Credit (UC) affecting unemployed learners Policy emphasis on Functional Skills and GCSE English Language
  3. 3. • • New Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirements from 28th Oct 2013 New ESOL qualifications from Sept. 2014
  4. 4. The Policy Context Source: Skills Funding Statement 2012 – 2015 (BIS/SFA, Dec. 2012)
  5. 5. SFA Funding • • Transitional funding whilst new ESOL qualifications are developed on the QCF Providers’ ESOL income guaranteed for 13/14
  6. 6. • • ‘non-regulated’ learning aims are still funded (pre-entry to Level 2) Issue in L1/L2 full qualifications around the replacement for the Adult Literacy test – delays putting on LARA
  7. 7. Job Outcome Payments • • • Reduces disincentive if an unemployed learner leaves the course early to start a job 50% of the achievement payment (20%) Providers will be able to record an employment outcome in the ILR
  8. 8. • • To be eligible, the job must be for more than 16 hours a week, for 4 weeks in a row Requires a declaration from the learners that they have stopped claiming unemployment related benefits and have entered work
  9. 9. Skills Conditionality • • Increased conditionality regime for JSA has become part of the ESOL landscape Many providers have adapted and reorganised some or all of their provision in response, and increased partnership working with JCP
  10. 10. • • NIACE ran ‘ESOL and Employability’ workshops nationally Jan – March 2013 ‘ESOL Toolkit’ for JCP advisers produced
  11. 11. ESOL and Employability • Partnership working critical • • • • JCP awareness of ESOL provision and issues More effective referral processes Could assist with learner outcomes Programme planning more effective where given priority by senior management
  12. 12. • • Concern about the implications for those not in a position to work but who need ESOL NIACE hopes to share some good practice models
  13. 13. Universal Credit (1) • • Combines an array of working age benefits into a single, means-tested benefit for those both in and out of work Intended to ensure that claimants are better off in work
  14. 14. • • • Currently piloted in Tameside, Greater Manchester 6 further pilots to commence October 2013, including Hammersmith Roll out by 2017
  15. 15. Universal Credit (2) • • Eligibility for SFA funding basically similar existing JSA arrangements, no ‘16 hour rule’ Claimants mandated to skills training where identified as a barrier (increased sanctions)
  16. 16. • • Screened and referred as a matter of course where language needs identified If mandated, eligible for full funding even if belong to a UC group only currently eligible at provider’s discretion
  17. 17. Implications for Providers • • Increased referrals from JCP and potentially other sources e.g. housing providers NIACE understands that JCP will expect more intensive provision (“full time”?)
  18. 18. • • • Focus on Speaking and Listening, employability skills and job search skills Demand for provision to support budgeting skills and on-line UC claims Increased pressure on Adult Skills budget, staffing and accommodation
  19. 19. New KoLL Requirements • • From 28th October 2013, learners will have to demonstrate spoken language skills at B1 (ESOL Entry 3) and pass the Life in the UK test No longer the requirement for the course to be delivered by an accredited provider
  20. 20. • • Learners will have to stay in provision longer to achieve E3 Speaking and Listening Concerns about length of time needed for study and level required
  21. 21. Pressure on the Adult Skills Budget • • • Skills conditionality / UC – more referrals Increased intensiveness of provision Demand for other provision in preparation for UC e.g. budgeting, digital access skills
  22. 22. • • • New KoLL requirements Adult Skills budget reduced and potential for other capacity issues Providers have flexibilities – but are some types of learning (and learners) being pushed out?
  23. 23. Policy Emphasis on FS and GCSE
  24. 24. ESOL and Functional Skills English • • Relationship of ESOL to Adult Literacy – linked, but distinct in many respects Long-standing concerns about the use of inappropriate assessment in ESOL i.e. the Adult Literacy test
  25. 25. • • New forms of multilingualism mean that distinctions between ESOL and English are not always clear (for learners or providers) ESOL learners are already accessing FS – e.g. 16 – 19, WBL, funding purposes
  26. 26. New NIACE Work • • • Commissioned by BIS to look at ESOL learners’ progression to FS English and GCSE English language Call for information until 9th Dec 2013 http://bit.ly/18e0OGh
  27. 27. Towards a ‘New Curriculum for Difficult Times’? • • NIACE report on work by ACL providers – ‘A New Curriculum for Difficult Times’ Smarter use of available resources to address language, literacy, digital literacy, financial literacy, citizenship needs
  28. 28. Adult Learners’ Week • • • Nominations are open ... Individuals, projects and employers Awards take place in June 2014 www.alw.org.uk
  29. 29. NIACE ESOL Publications • • • Review of ESOL titles and formats Call for contributors and writers Support available – get in touch!

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