Six students whose first language is not English have secured jobs after impressing on work experience.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) were offered part-time employment following their placements.
Alexandra Mihai, 18, who is from Romania but lived in Italy for past 15 years, is set to start work as a cashier at Barclays Bank in Ponders End.
She said: “When I came to England eight months ago I could only say, ‘Hello,’ and ‘How are you?’ but now I can have a conversation.
“At Barclays I was able to practise my English by helping customers with opening accounts and transferring money. I’m so pleased to get a job.”
Jean Diallo, 19, who moved to the UK from Guinea in 2015, has gained employment as a coach at Vicars Moor Lawn Tennis Club in Enfield.
He said: “My English was very poor to start with, but now it has improved. It feels good to get this job. English is the first language for many people in the world and will help me in life.”
ESOL students also undertook work placements at The Business Consultancy and Accounting Services, Ripmax, WJ Meade and Harris + Hoole.
Many employers commented on the students’ good punctuality and how they worked and performed well with colleagues and in their roles.
CONEL offers a wide range of ESOL courses from Pre-Entry Level to Level 1, covering speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as English and Maths courses from Entry Level to GCSE.
Oya Karabetca, ESOL Course Team Leader, said: “Work experience provides an ideal opportunity for our ESOL students to really put their English language skills to the test in an actual working environment.
“It is always satisfying when you hear really good feedback from employers how well they have done, and even more so when you hear they have been offered employment.”
- Last Updated: 09 April 2018