The latest CBI and Pearson report on 'what employers need from education and skills' has once again shown the importance of languages. The report published today is based on a survey of 542 organisations, who together employ around 1.6 million people:
"Languages will help open up new markets to UK companies
Operating effectively in a global economy relies on the right
language skills, but the UK has the worst language proficiency in
Europe, according to the Education & Employer Taskforce. An
overwhelming 72% of businesses say they value foreign language skills,
most importantly for building relations with overseas contacts (39%).
The major European languages continue to be the most in demand, but
language skills geared towards doing business in China and the Middle
East feature prominently:
Just as well you can study the top four and number nine here at Tomlinscote!
Work hard in your MFL lessons - your skills will be appreciated by future employers!
For more information go to the cbi website
To read more on future changes to primary teaching have a look at this article in the Independent:
Amongst other things, the article talks about introducing languages as a compulsory subject in primary schools. Of course, our main feeder schools are well prepared, as with a little help from their neighbouring Language College, they have been providing weekly German and/or French lessons to years 3 to 6 for many years now!