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Learning English


1. Informal English Classes take place at The Hive, 93 Alcester Rd, B13 8DD

every Tuesday at

  • Beginners:

        10:00 – 12.00

  • Intermediate

       13.00 - 15.00

No need to sign up, just turn up. This course is free of charge.



The Birmingham ESOL Hub project is a collaboration between ESOL education providers, within the Birmingham region, to meet the needs of learners.

The main stand of the project is the creation of a user-friendly website, which matches potential ESOL learners with course providers (

Website users can:

  • Complete an online self-assessment and English language test

  • Browse a set of ESOL providers matched with their estimated ESOL level and postcode

  • Select a provider and send a request to register on their ESOL programme

  • Access additional resources and support organisation listings

(if costs are incurred for a course and you are in receipt of Universal Credit, please discuss support from your work coach to make a consideration for payment from DWP flexible support fund).

3. Further free or fee-based courses:

  • BBC Learning English

  • Learn English with the British council

  • English Club

  • FutureLearn

(if you are a medical professional, it is possible to consider this through DWP FSF fund, if you are eligible for the support. Ask your case worker to help you.)

  • Free ESOL courses

  • Everyday English through the Open University

  • ESOL courses through WEA

  • Employability Focused ESOL

English and terminology specific to securing and sustaining employment in different sectors i.e.: cleaning, social care, hospitality, warehousing, construction.

Employability basics:

  • Understand ID and document requirements

  • Carry out basic job-hunting activities

  • Browse and use job search websites

  • Understand basic terminology in job adverts

  • Apply for a job

  • Attend and engage in basic interviews

  • Understand UK workplace etiquette

  • Understand UK basic employment rights

  • Understand UK basic employment health & safety

  • Understand employment related personal finance – i.e.: PAYE, National Insurance and pension scheme contributions.

Ask your JcP Work Coaches to call Standguide’s Referrals Team to book you onto this provision.

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