13 May 2016
Language skills are increasingly important to employers in an increasingly globalised economy. Today it is believed knowing only English is just as damaging to employment prospects as knowing no English at all. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding is available for a huge range of ABC Awards language qualifications for 2016/2017.
This includes ABC Awards’ Level 1 and 2 qualifications in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu. These qualifications offer a practical classroom-based route to learning, covering the critical speaking, listening, reading and writing skills learners need to put their language skills into practice in employment and in the community.
Tourism in Britain has been identified as a key sector for economic growth by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), offering a wealth of employment opportunities in accommodation, retail, transport, food and drink and attractions, across skills levels and age ranges. However, one of the challenges to this is skills and training needs of the workforce. Being able to communicate with tourists in their native language could put potential employees at an advantage.
Miguel Silva of Birmingham Adult Education Service, an ABC Awards Recognised Centre, said:
“Language learning allows you to see the world from a different perspective. It is much more than learning new vocabulary or grammar rules. The language learner is required to develop advanced communication skills to interpret tone, context, and body language.
“Therefore we needed a qualification that would allow us to test not only the cognitive aspects of the target language, but its communicative dimension. The ABC qualifications allow us to design assessments that test these, and frame the assessments within a context or topic that is relevant to our learners.”
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