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  • We are a specialist college team dedicated to helping people to get the job they want.
  • We are based in a central location in Hanley where we have a team of advisers and training facilities especially for adults who are looking for work or to improve their skills.
  • We link with local Job Centre Plus to run Sector Based Work Academies that provide sector specific training, placement and guaranteed interviews with local employers.
  • Stoke on Trent College has links to major employers and a wide range of job-related training.

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We have been helping adults into work for over 15 years, and our advisers are experienced in providing our clients with the right skills and opportunities to progress them into work or further education.

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  • Food Safety
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  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
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Stoke on Trent College
Cauldon Campus
Stoke Road, Shelton
Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DG

For details tel 01782 227650

Dara Wali – Skills for Employment ESOL

Syrian electrician Dara Wali, 42, and his family came to start a new life in Stafford last year – as part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme. Arriving with nothing but a single bag of clothes between them this is the place they now call home.

“I still find it hard to think about home. We are making a happy life here in Stafford but when I think about our old life, about family and our home, the memories make me very sad so it’s easier not to remember.  My family were farmers in Syria, in a place called Haska, the soil was very good, everything would grow there.

I worked as an electrician and life was good.

Before the war I had never left Syria but after two years of war, there was no work, life was getting harder and we knew we had to leave.

Two of my brothers are still there but they are in hidden villages, where no-one can see them, my other siblings are in Iraq, Germany and Turkey.

My wife, Falik, 34, and our children, Sabri, 14, Rania 12, Rokin, eight, (my youngest son Mohammed is only 17 months old) walked through Iraq, I carried my disabled daughter, on my back, then we went to Kurdistan.

We spent two years in a UN refugee camp then had a phone call asking if we would want to come to another country – we didn’t know where – but of course, we said, ’yes’.

It seemed like it would be the only chance for my family to be safe.

I didn’t know anything about England and had never heard of Staffordshire.

We were one of 11 families who came to Staffordshire as part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme.

When we left the camp to come here all we had were some clothes in a bag.

On the plane I looked down. It looked very cold and rainy.

We came here to Stafford and a guide from Refugee Action brought us to this house, with everything here, furniture and even food in the fridge.

We have felt very welcome here. I want to get back to work as soon as I can – working with electricity is all I know.

So I am learning English at Stoke College and I work as a volunteer in a charity shop – my children are at school here too.

My daughter who has special needs had never been away from her mum before we came here. Now she goes to a school that helps her and she is more confident.

We are all adjusting. It can feel very quiet here after what we have been used to but we are safe and the children finally have a future so we are very, very grateful for what has been done for us.

We came to a place where we don’t know anyone and no-one knows us. There don’t seem to be many other families like us here and until my English is better it is hard meeting people but we wave to the neighbours and they smile back.

One day we will be able to talk to them or invite them in for coffee.

There is no future for Syria. We cannot go back there. This is our home”.