People who move to the UK need English language skills to access training, gain employment and participate in society but in reality, it can be challenging to find ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. Lead developer at Feel Created, Daniel Clark, has been instrumental in supporting Learning English in Yorkshire and the Humber’s (LEYH) digital development, creating an online provision that helps advance the education of migrants in the region by giving easy access to local class information. Before LEYH, there was no centralised or coordinated way for learners (or their supporters) to find out about suitable local classes to meet their needs.
LEYH was developed in partnership with the Migrant English Support Hub (MESH) with funding from Migration Yorkshire. Dan has helped MESH to expand its digital provision beyond ESOL resources for learners, developing Learning English Plus, a dedicated online resource hub for ESOL professionals and supporters. More recently, Dan has provided innovative ideas for data collection on LEYH and LE+ that will help MESH to tailor its provision to user needs. In partnership with MESH, Dan’s aim is to reach migrant learners and their supporters, giving quick and easy access to local and online ESOL resources.