Increased Business Investment
English Works aims to ensure that more businesses—both large and small and across multiple industries—recognize that ESOL is important to their success, and that viable options and resources are available to support their workforce. The Campaign’s diverse stakeholder base
is central to promoting the campaign’s message and elevating the urgency of the issue.
Business and civic leaders are encouraging businesses to become true partners in supporting ESOL opportunities for limited English proficient workers, and to make these partnerships integral to their business strategy. They are reaching out to their membership, facilitating business-to-business communication, and using their own media to highlight success stories, providers and other resources. Similarly, labor groups are promoting deeper and broader engagement in ESOL by union locals and pushing for contracts that support English classes.
ESOL students and workers are helping to identify business partners, participating in outreach and education events, and, over time, beginning to request English classes at work. Providers are reaching out to businesses that employ their students and developing their own capacity to work with businesses in new ways.