Employment

We work with businesses and schools to build capacity in language and employability skills.

Job profiles

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
- Nelson Mandela

"If I’m selling to you, I speak your language. But if I’m buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen."
- Willy Brandt, former German Chancellor

SCILT's Job Profiles

SCILT’s Job Profiles provide relevant, labour-market focused career advice on languages, direct from the workplace. Teachers, use these profiles in your classroom to enhance learning about the world of work and promote the relevance of language skills. The Job Profiles are a great resource to help schools deliver on Developing the Young Workforce.

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Careers Pack

Languages for your future

SCILT has produced this pack to provide young people with relevant, labour-market focused career advice on language skills and employability, direct from our partners in the workplace. Each profile shows how learning a language develops crucial skills for employment and demonstrates that knowledge of a language can directly open up opportunities for employment or career progression. Each profile showcases a different sector, provides advice and includes links to find out more.

The pack aims to support learners in making informed choices about future careers and help teachers deliver on expanding the offer, in line with Developing the Young Workforce:

Lots of jobs need languages and some of them are included in this pack. You can see more examples under the 'Job Profiles' tab above.

Useful Websites

This article from Success at School explains how studying languages can really open up your career options, in more ways than you think.

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NICILT in Northern Ireland have produced two useful videos you can use to promote the benefits of language skills.

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NICILT in Northern Ireland have produced two useful videos you can use to promote the benefits of language skills.

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In collaboration with the European Commission, the British Academy has published Talk the Talk as a guide for current undergraduate students and school pupils to illustrate the value of language learning.

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An information pack outlining how languages can help in certain careers. Follow the link and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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Twelve engineering paths are described in this booklet along with important subjects required, each of which highlight language skills can also be an advantage.

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European Council for Modern Languages website with advice and information to support work-related second language development, particularly the linguistic integration of adult migrants.

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Many employers actively recruit applicants with language skills which are seen as particularly important in sectors such as manufacturing, banking, finance and insurance due to the globalisation of organisations.

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"Engineers are needed in almost every area of life, from product design to building construction, but not everyone speaks the same language. Being an engineer means adapting to challenges, and why limit your ability to work by only knowing one language? "

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  • Engineers are needed in almost every area of life, from product design to building construction, but not everyone speaks the same language. Being an engineer means adapting to challenges, and why limit your ability to work by only knowing one language?

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From international aid to banking, social media and teaching, language graduates end up across all career sectors

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The University of Edinburgh alumni are spread all over the world. Here they spotlight five recent graduates who have been making an impact thanks to their study of languages.

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The European Union offers a number of opportunities for those with language skills and has information on their site about the roles available including translators, conference interpreters, proof readers/language editors and lawyer-linguists. Find out mo

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Why it is so important for students to study languages at all levels. List of articles and useful links. From ALL.

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Includes information on how Gaelic can help you get a job as well as advice on preparing for a bilingual interview and how to highlight your language skills in a Gaelic CV.

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Information on a number of career options using Modern Languages:

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