- The BEGIN not-for-profit partnership began in 1982 when we worked across the whole of Nottinghamshire to advise people about Literacy, Numeracy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and help organisations on a range of issues, from Basic Skills funding to teacher training requirements.
- Much has changed... from the size of the team to how the service is managed. We have managed funding to develop new classes; "Embedded" courses; dyslexia teacher training, assessment and support; residential courses; learner travel support ... to name a few. We improved our database systems and now our systems are replicated across the UK. We extended our Signposting advice to a variety of services, eg, Benefits advice, Careers/Job search, Informal Conversation Groups. The numbers of people using our service has grown from about 800 to 4,000 annually.
Currently, we only work across Nottingham City, Broxtowe, Gedling and Broxtowe Boroughs and the central ESOL Placement Service is the biggest part of our work. We also continue to help people attend Literacy and Numeracy courses too.