In September 2014, the IDP Foundation provided a matching grant to the World Relief DuPage/Aurora for the Job Readiness ESL Program. The program curriculum is designed to combine employment focused ESL and Job Skills into one intensive class to increase employment rates for refugees.

World Relief DuPage/Aurora provides intensive job-focused English language classes for newly arrived refugees who will soon be entering the work force. The Job Readiness ESL provides a six-week, intensive, integrated life skills and job skill English language course. This six-week curriculum is offered on a continual basis with possible entry into the class every Monday. The 20 hours per week intense class provides optimal opportunity for newly arrived refugees to gain the basic language skills, job search and retention skills, and cultural understanding to be successfully employed within three month of their arrival in the United States.

Job Readiness ESL is an essential part of the services provided to refugees by World Relief DuPage/Aurora’s Initial Resettlement Department, Employment, and Education Department during their first three months in the United States. This Job Readiness ESL Model as collectively designed by the three departments in order to facilitate the most efficient launching of clients onto a path toward stability and healthy integration. Employment is a key aspect of this process and sufficient English and job related skill are essential for clients to be employed and to retain employment. Through intense collaboration and coordination, the potentially competing demands of each department are realized while serving the client in the best possible way.

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