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

Developing skills for life and 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)

Scottish Languages Employability Award

Developing language skills for the world of work

The Scottish Languages Employability Award (SLEA) is awarded by SCILT. It helps schools and businesses to build partnerships through languages in order to develop young people’s learning about the world of work and the value of language skills.

Case studies from successful SLEA applications are available to view below. Schools and businesses can use these as replicable ideas for projects.

Upcoming verification dates:

  • Friday 17 May 2024

Which award is right for me?

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The SLEA can be achieved at an initial three levels, with a fourth level for partnerships who achieve continued innovation. On successfully achieving a Scottish Languages Employability Award, schools and their partner organisations are awarded certificates for display and entitled to display the Scottish Languages Employability Award logo from the date of the confirmation of the award, for a period of two academic years. 

Key documents

SLEA Local

Find out more on the SLEA Local webpage

SLEA Green

Find out more on the SLEA Green webpage.

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Support for schools organising business and language promotional events or projects

DYW toolkit for schools
University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages