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A good move, i'm sure we'd all agree...
Yet another Tory move that destroys the universality of the welfare state. Beveridge would be ashamed.
I'm sure this thread will turn into a sensible, even-handed debate on the reality of immigration in the UK
It seems nothing has actually changed. all just rhetoric init.
I seriously think a massive step in helping immigrants find work in this country is simplifying the language of job adverts (or at least making them relative to the difficulty of the job).
A few weeks back one of my students was looking at a job. The job was in a clothing chain and simply involved wandering around the shop floor ensuring clothes were hung on the right racks and had the right labels on them - i.e a reasonable straightforward job that someone with common sense and intermediate language skills could easily do. But the advert was so dense with jargon that it was almost impossible for them to apply for it.
On a side note, obviously the best way to get migrants to speak English is to up the funding for ESOL courses and, in the long run, cut benefits costs by getting students trained up. I've got loads of students who are capable, bright and motivated but only get 4 hours of English lessons a week. If the government diverted funding to adult education (Hell, I'd even be okay with them taking it from the benefits fund as it'll be more effective long-term), I could get 'em trained in about 3 months. Instead it takes a couple of years for them to pass through the system as we can't afford to give them regular exams and they end up stuck on the one qualification for too long.