The number of people gaining English qualifications in Hull is officially on the up, according to in2wrk.com.
The adult training provider, who deliver free English, maths and IT courses to eligible jobseekers, have noticed a 47% year-on-year increase in the number of learners completing courses in English so far in 2017.
Commenting on the rise, In2wrk spokesperson Jack Johnson thinks the spike could be linked to Hull’s City of Culture status.
“These exciting stats prove that the people of Hull are improving their literacy levels in order to find more fulfilling and sustainable work – that’s great news for the area as a whole,” Jack said.
“But we can’t help but think that Hull being the ‘City of Culture’ in 2017 has also played a part.
“We think that Hullensians may have been inspired by the likes of Philip Larkin and Sir Andrew Motion to improve their own English skills. If not, don’t you think that it’s a little bit of a coincidence?”
And this year’s spike in the number of English qualifications isn’t the only surprising stat linked to Hull being City of Culture. As, since August 2014, when in2wrk first opened an adult learning centre in Hull, exactly 2017 people have started courses in English, maths and IT!
“2017 learners in 2017? You couldn’t write it, could you!” Jack said.
“It’s almost poetic – Larkin would be proud!”
If you’re interested in gaining a qualification quickly or simply need a helping hand getting back into work, our centre is at Shirethorn House on Prospect Street, where you can find out more.