Halifax Opportunities Trust delivers a number of ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) programmes from our base at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre. We do this in partnership with several other bodies and offer a range of free-to-attend courses targeted to specific needs and with varying eligibility criteria. For further information about the courses and eligibility contact Surraya Bibi on 01422 347392.

Our current course programme includes:

  • Connecting Opportunities – (Supporting integration & employment). National Lottery Funded (Big Lottery Fund) & European Social Fund.
    Classes run on Monday – Thursday mornings (9.30 – 11.30am) and in the afternoon (1.00 – 3.00pm). This programme is specifically focussed for migrants who have not acquired their naturalisation, as well as asylum seekers and refugees whom have gained their right to remain in the UK and all Eastern European citizens. On this particular programme ESOL education is embedded with citizenship support, 1-2-1 Key Worker support, and emotional wellbeing support. We can also offer employment support for those eligible for the programme.
  • Together Calderdale (Controlling Migration Fund) This programme is managed by Calderdale Council. As part of the course HOT provides ESOL & Citizenship training to support the integration of communities within Calderdale. Classes run Monday – Thursday mornings (9.30 – 11.30am) sessions and in the afternoon (1.00 – 3.00pm). There is no eligibility criteria for this programme however it is specific to those with ESOL language needs.
  • Pre Entry ESOL – This programme is tailored for individuals who have little or no English language skills and is Funded by Calderdale Adult Learning. Classes run on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings (9.30 – 11.30am).
  • Universal ESOL – ESOL provision targeted for our Children Centre parents who have children up to the age of 5. The purpose is to enhance English language skills for parents giving them a greater understanding of preschool & Early Years Learning. Classes run on Monday afternoons (1.00 – 3.00pm) and Tuesdays mornings (9.30 – 11.30am).