A recent initiative which saw a course of English lessons delivered to staff in Dungannon has been a brilliant success.

With a goal to improve the integration of migrant staff through enhancing comprehension of the English language, a course of classes were offered to staff across the Dungannon site in collaboration with the Belfast Unemployed Resource centre (BURC).

Working in a first- time initiative, involving industry the BURC, which works to promote equality through supporting the participation and inclusion of all individuals, groups and communities has partnered with Dunbia for this initiative.

Focusing on operational language which would be commonly used in day-to-day tasks as part of their role, including language associated with; Standard Operating Procedures, Health & Safety and Food Safety, the course aimed to give participants a better grasp of the English language they normally encounter at work.  The course, which was ran over 6 weeks, had a total of 14 staff from a wide range of roles participate who all experienced vast improvements to both spoken and written language.

Claudia Belloni from BURC delivered the course at Dunbia’s Group Headquarters in Dungannon, commended the experience saying;

“BURC was delighted to work in partnership with Dunbia delivering a sector-specific English course funded by EURES Cross Border Partnership. As a tutor, I really enjoyed the classes, and the opportunity to get to know the learners and a bit about their life experience and what brought them to Northern Ireland. Over the weeks, I saw their confidence increase, and was really pleased with their improvement. I hope they had a positive experience and won’t forget to practice their new skills! BURC hopes this is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with Dunbia and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Neil Swann, Site Manager NI, Dunbia, agreed with Claudia, commenting;

“Our operations are reliant on migrant workers in Dungannon, therefore it is essential that we ensure their integration into life in Northern Ireland, Dunbia and their wider communities is as seamless as possible.  The English classes have proved a real success story here in Dungannon and we look forward to this continuing in the future alongside BURC.”

To mark their successful completion of the course, participants were presented with certificates at a ceremony in Dungannon.