University serves up English course for food industry


The University of Lincoln has launched a new course to help Lincolnshire’s migrant workers improve their English language skills.

The Business and Technical English course is being run at the University’s Holbeach campus, which serves the needs of hundreds of businesses working in the UK’s food manufacturing industry.

It has been developed with help from employers and migrant workers themselves.

The programme, which started in September, allows non-native English speakers to expand their vocabulary and work towards a formal, internationally-recognised English qualification.

This can be to help them with their role in the workplace – or to open the gateway to further study in the food and agricultural sector.

Samantha Davis, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Lecturer, is coordinating the new Business and Technical English course at the University’s Holbeach campus.

She said: “Both employers and migrant workers expressed a need for an English course which would enable students to progress within the workplace and within higher education.

“The Business and Technical English course enables students to take the Cambridge First Certificate in English exam. This is an exam recognised throughout the world as a benchmark of English language ability.

“The course also incorporates language and vocabulary needed within the food and agricultural sectors in the local area. This also links to higher education opportunities in the food and agricultural sectors available at the University’s Holbeach campus.”

The next enrolments on the Business and Technical English course will take place in January 2009.

Students have two options of how to study – a 15-week programme of two three-hour lessons per week or a 30-week programme of one three-hour lesson a week.

The cost of the course is £300 per course option. Some students have been sponsored by their employers and bursary assistance may be available to some learners on low incomes.

Potential students need to have a language assessment and interview at the Holbeach campus.

An open day where people can learn more about the Business and Technical English course is planned for 14 January 2009. For more information on the course or the open day, phone the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus on (01406) 493000.