Developing language skills for the world of work

Employers and schools need to develop strong two way partnerships – partnerships that deliver improvements to teaching and learning and bring real-life context into the classroom.
Developing the Young Workforce (Scottish Government, 2014)

Business Language Champions: Developing language skills for the world of work

The Scottish Government’s ambitious 1+2 Languages Policy arrives at a time when globally the demand for language skills is expanding. The Business Language Champions (BLC) scheme helps schools and businesses to build partnerships through languages in order to support teachers in developing young people’s learning about the world of work and their understanding of the value of language skills to their future employability.

The Case Studies present replicable ideas for projects in your own school. These projects build a partnership between the school and a local business and enable the school to deliver on Developing the Young Workforce and the National Improvement Framework, as well as build crucial partnerships outlined in HGIOS 4

Please see our Get Involved tab for guidance on building your own partnership with business, through languages, to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to flourish in the workplace.

Navy and Brechin High School (March 2015) - A visit from the Royal Navy and language workshops culminated in an interdisciplinary project in which S3 learners had to use their language skills in humanitarian crisis scenarios.

Alex Begg and Queen Margaret Academy (October 2016) - The young people were given an insight into the textile industry and the company as well as the range of employment opportunities available, particularly for those with language skills.

Harvey Nichols and Trinity High School (June 2016) - A visit to Harvey Nichols to meet with staff who use languages as part of their job convinced S3 pupils of the relevance of language skills in the workplace. Learners created phrase books in different languages to support the use of language in the department store.

Johnstons of Elgin and Elgin Academy (May 2016) - This case study exemplifies Interdisciplinary Learning in S2 at Elgin Academy, in particular the effective combination of Chinese and business links as part of a skills based project in the broad general education

Holland & Sherry and Priorsford Primary School (October 2014) - The whole school was involved in this project which raised learners’ awareness of what Holland & Sherry does in their local town while building learners’ language skills.

Walkers Shortbread and Elgin Academy (June 2016) - S2 learners created 'cue cards' for Walkers International Sales Team to use on visits to China, introducing language and cultural information. Pupils also delivered a presentation on their cue cards to sales staff at Walkers Shortbread.

Loch Duart and Montrose Academy (June 2014) - An exciting programme for S3 learners with visits and workshops culminating in an interdisciplinary project which raised the bar for the pupils who benefited from seeing first-hand how languages and business work together.

Outplay Entertainment and Woodmill High School (May 2016) - S3 pupils developed an advertising strategy to promote one of Outplay Entertainment's games in either French of German, and learnt about the importance of languages in the gaming industry.

Sheraton Hotel and Holy Rood High School (October 2016) - S4 pupils studying Italian had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of why and to what extent languages are used in the hospitality industry and how they can enhance employment prospects through this partnership.

Balmoral Hotel and Broughton High School (July 2016) - S3 learners worked with staff at the Balmoral Hotel to develop an internal information leaflet to support staff working with Chinese guests.

Jurys Inn and Lourdes Seconday School (May 2016) - S3 pupils learned about the value of languages in the hospitality industry.

Michelin and Grove Academy (February 2014) - This project gives the young people in S3 a real and engaging context for their learning of French.
The Scottish Football Association and Kilwinning Academy (October 2014) - A great project for S3 learners which showed that languages are necessary in all walks of life.

Stirling Castle and Braehead Primary (July 2017) - P5 pupils develop literacy, drama and self-confidence, as well as language skills through a partnership with Stirling Castle. This project focused on Chinese language and employability skills.

Scottish Dolphin Centre and Milne's High School (October 2016) - This project saw S2 pupils teaching café staff in the centre French so that they could interact with French visitors in their own language. Pupils study the topic of food and drink in S2, providing an excellent context for this challenge, which enhanced teaching and learning in the S2 curriculum.

Abbotsford House and Burgh Primary School (July 2016) - This partnership between a primary school and a local tourist attraction demonstrated to pupils the relevance of language skills in their local community, as well as providing an opportunity for learning across the curriculum.

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