Glasgow ESOL Forum Projects
Improving English Language skills at work and in the community.
The Workplace ESOL Project

The Workplace ESOL Project comprises workplace language courses and ESOL for Employability courses for BME employees and jobseekers to:
  •     improve language skills and confidence with English
  •     increase participation in vocational ESOL training to improve work performance
  •     reduce barriers to employment, training and educational opportunities
  •     engage better with public sector agencies
Since 2006 we have worked with learners across a wide variety of sectors including transport, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing. The courses that we deliver are vocationally specific and aim to address the specific language needs of learners working within that organisation. Employers we have worked with include the NHS, First Bus, ACS Clothing, G1 Group and Big Issue.

In 2009 we gained SQA accredited status and became one of the first SQA centres in Scotland to offer the new ESOL for Work Qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5, these qualifications were delivered to a group of learners at First Bus in Glasgow.

Over the past year we have widened our portfolio of SQA qualifications, gaining approval to offer the Employability Award in 2012. We are currently delivering NQ Units at Access 2 and Access 3.

We are always looking for new employers to work with - if you have a group of 5 or more non-native English speaking employees who you think would benefit from our courses please get in touch.

View our ESOL for Work Project leaflet here.
Our SQA National 3 and National 4 ESOL classes are currently full.  To register your interest for the next block of classes starting February 2021, please contact

Please note that to be considered for these classes, it is helpful to see proof of your current English language level (initial assessment Yellow Certificate or previous qualifications).  A place is not guaranteed, and your details will be put on our waiting list

The Volunteer Tutor Project
The Volunteer Tutor Project works in partnership with community based organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to provide quality informal ESOL classes around the city.  We currently run 8 volunteer run classes, including women only groups and a class for people accessing a foodbank.  Our volunteers also provide one-to-one tuition to learners with specific personal or learning needs.  For many learners, our provision is the first step to accessing further education and we ensure that we support learners to progress onto college where suitable.   Our learners report an increase in confidence in using the language they have, after attending classes.

Our volunteers are all qualified English teachers (CELTA minimum),and a range of teaching experiences. We welcome non-native English teachers with qualifications and the experience of settling into life in Glasgow.  Tutors receive ongoing training and support from the project. The project generally supports 30-35 active tutors but many retain a close interest in the project, often returning to volunteer with us.  


Covid-19 Update 

Because of COVID-19 our offices and community classes are closed until further notice. We are running small group classes and 1:1 lessons over Zoom. Registration for online classes is currently closed. Please continue to check this page and Facebook for further updates. 


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