Our History

Hundreds of learners have benefited from the hard work that SAVTE has accomplished over the years.

SAVTE has a proud history. It was established in Sheffield in 1974, where hard-working, socially minded ‘Sheffielders’ working in the steel industry noticed many Yemeni shift workers were not developing their English skills because of their shift patterns. 

Hundreds of learners have benefited from the hard work that SAVTE has accomplished over the years.

In response, “The Home Learning Project” (as it was called then) was quickly established and sent many enthusiastic and encouraging volunteers into steelworkers homes to help them and their families learn English. The project was an immediate success.

SAVTE has grown since then, both in experience and reputation, to become the leading association in Sheffield, vigorously recruiting (volunteer) tutors from across the city to teach to an ever-increasing wider range of learners in their homes or accessible community settings.

Thousands of learners have benefited from the hard work that SAVTE has accomplished over the years.

The Rt Hon. Lord Blunkett, is currently the Patron of SAVTE.

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Patron:  The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
Registered Charity No. 1081597 – Company No. 3865216