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HARD-WORKING Eastern Euro-peans are filling more and more jobs in Weston - and employers are singing their praises. The increasing number of migrant workers has led to a surge in uptake of English courses at Weston College and North Somerset Council is lo

HARD-WORKING Eastern Euro-peans are filling more and more jobs in Weston - and employers are singing their praises.The increasing number of migrant workers has led to a surge in uptake of English courses at Weston College and North Somerset Council is looking into providing extra ones. Polish workers now make up a quarter of the workforce at Towens of Weston, which provides construction and environmental services from its base in Warne Road.Most are members of the internal demolition crew and help gut the inside of buildings.Currently they are working in Kewstoke on the former convalescent home in Beach Road.Managing director, Andy Towens, said: "I know a lot of firms which employ Polish people now and I will continue to sing their praises."We started employing them when we had a job in Oxford. "They moved down to Weston to carry on working for us."The lads are excellent workers and even come and say thank you to me for their job at the end of every day. "We pay them normal English rates, which is a lot more than they would get in Poland. And we have an old Badgerline bus which picks them up and drops them home."Most weeks we get Polish lads turning up at the office looking for work and there is little language barrier because they arrive in groups of two or three and one can always speak very good English. They have no problem passing all the health and safety training."North Somerset Council's widening participation and partnership manager, Lesley Dale, said: "The college is successfully running English courses for non-speakers of the language and we are doing some research about other learning needs."In many cases migrants speak good English and need other support mechanisms such as help with driving tests.


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