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This page is for those learning English as a Second Language. If you can speak some English, you may also be able to use the sites on the English page.

Find out your level of skills on the British Council website before you start.


ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL and English have long been one of the staple products of the English project along with ICT and Maths. Good communication and understanding written instructions are key in the workplace as we are dealing with:

  • Policies and Procedures - to protect ourselves and others in the workplace

  • Strict Hygiene and Health & Safety Laws to protect the company’s reputation, employees and the general public who buy our products

  • Shop floor machinery which has the potential to cause harm to ourselves and others in the workplace environment

The BFAWU Learning Services have liaised with FTOs (Full Time Officials), site representatives and ULRs (Union Learning Reps) to enable learning. The branch officials will negotiate time release for learners wherever possible. Courses will normally be run through a local college, or through one of the many providers we work with, where funding is available.

Funding for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is not available in England, except for the unemployed or earning below £16, 000 per year, but there is help on-line through the British Council:

Whatever your level of English, from children to adults, they have courses, lessons and activities to suit everyone. They can advise on where your nearest face to face classroom based course is, just put in your postcode, and how to study on-line.

Here are the links to

English for Adults                             Put in your postcode and find a course near you

                                                               English for the Workplace

                                                               Free bite size resources

                                                               Mobile apps

English for Kids and Teens            Learning with Timmy 2 – 6 years old

                                                                Primary plus 6 – 11 years old

                                                                Secondary plus 12 – 17 years old

Learn English On-line                      This is for Adults and Kids, full of tips and support. There is even Learn English with Football incorporating match rules with playing games and quizzes making it fun and engaging while learning.


ESOL NEXUS offers bite size learning dealing withSkills



UK Life

English for Work



Speak to your project Worker or ULR for more help and information.

If you have a question about learning please contact us.

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