Guidance

ESOL: English language requirements - update from the SFA and DWP

For training providers and job centres that have been identified as likely to see increased demand for English language training.

Documents

ESOL plus mandation funding – joint DWP/SFA update (January 2015)

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SFA: ESOL - new English language requirements

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Detail

The 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review announced a rigorous, systematic approach to ensuring that Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants (and equivalent Universal Credit group) with poor spoken English, improve their language skills in order to continue receiving benefit.

This new policy introduces a requirement for claimants with a low level of spoken English, to be identified at the beginning of their claim, and referred to the most appropriate English language training. Those who fail to start, participate in, or complete their training will potentially face a benefit sanction.

This guidance provides an update and answers to some questions that have emerged as discussions and preparations progress.

Introduction of the genuine prospect of work test

The January update provides information for providers on the use of the funding, good practice and the introduction of the Genuine Prospect of Work Test (GPOW).

This document is a joint SFA/DWP update on the use of ESOL plus mandation funding. The information summarises how the process is working, provides further information on some common issues that have been raised and gives some examples of good JCP and provider partnership working and information on the provision.

It also provides information on the GPOW for claimants which was introduced on 1 November 2014.

For further information contact Sukvinder.Khangure@sfa.bis.gov.uk .