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Migrant language barrier tackled
Worker in field
Experts want to help migrant workers to communicate
A scheme to tackle language problems faced by many migrant workers is being launched in Angus.

The Angus College project will provide English lessons specially tailored to those working in the industrial sector.

An information pack to help new workers to the area has also been drawn up by a voluntary organisations body.

Both Angus and Tayside have seen an increasing number of foreigners, many from eastern Europe, moving to the areas to seek work and begin new lives.

The Angus College project aims to help workers settle into their new communities.

David Cohen, who has been working on the project, said that in the last year the college had seen a significant rise in the number of people attending English language courses.

Increasing opportunities

"Angus College and many community partners felt they had a role to play in providing support and training for these workers to create an inclusive and innovative community," said Mr Cohen.

"Along with the training aspect of this project we will also be working with our partners to deliver an information network and will be active in supporting and training employers in supporting and informing their workers."

The college has also launched a new full-time English course to increase opportunities for the area's European migrant population.

Meanwhile, the Welcome to Angus information pack, to be launched by the Association of Voluntary Organisations, contains essential information for new and existing migrant workers in Angus.

The pack, being made available in English, Russian, Polish, Czech and Bulgarian, has received funding from the Scottish Executive and regeneration agency Communities Scotland.

Tayside saw an estimated 4,000 workers from new EU member states including Poland and the Czech Republic during the summer of 2005, according to a study carried out by Scottish Economic Research.




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