Foreign students seek a UK insight

Ian Ollier at Wingate Training, Lancaster House, with accommodations officer Alice Donno and admissions officer Brendan Kinahan.
Ian Ollier at Wingate Training, Lancaster House, with accommodations officer Alice Donno and admissions officer Brendan Kinahan.
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HOST families are needed to provide accommodation and an insight into British culture to 250 overseas students.

The students, who will mostly be from Bangladesh, will be studying a masters equivalent course at Wingate training UK based in South shore.

They will remain in the country for six months as they study a diploma in management – but as the course begins on May 1, time to find suitable space is short.

Ian Ollier, from the company which specialises in international study said: “This a great opportunity for Blackpool families to expand their horizons and learn the customs of a foreign land.

“It will also provide the student with an opportunity to find out more about British culture and improve their language skills.

“Ideally, a family would be the perfect solution so they can integrate fully with the local community.

“All the students will be above 18 years of age and will have sufficient funds available to support themselves through their six months of study.

“When their course finishes, they must return home hopefully with a masters equivalent award and the memories of a great six months spent in our town.”

The subject of student visas have been a regular feature in newspaper headlines this year.

The National Audit Office estimates around one in six of student visas granted since the scheme started in 2009 went to workers whose intention was to take jobs.

The Tier 4 system, which covered higher and further education students from outside the EU, has been described as having “major flaws”.

Massive changes to tighten up the UK Borders were introduced by the Government in February.

Today Mr Ollier spoke out to reassure any families who would consider hosting a student.

He said: “We have worked very hard to give the student’s the opportunity to study here.

Mostly they will be applying to come to the UK on a Student Visitor Visa although there will be a small number coming to do the full 12-month programme on a Tier 4 visa,

“The Student Visitor Visa entitles them to live and study in the UK but they are not allowed to work,

“We do also hold employability and apprenticeship programmes for young people in Blackpool and have had fantastic successes, getting young people ready for work.”

The company, which is based on Amy Johnson Way on Blackpool Business Park would like to hear from anybody who has a spare room or space in their home they could offer.

For more information on becoming a host family call (01253) 402956.