Improvement in employability skills and sustained, positive school-leaver destinations for all young people remains a key priority of the National Improvement Framework
SCILT are working with businesses and schools in Scotland to build capacity in language and employability skills. SCILT's work supports the Scottish Government’s current youth employment strategy, Developing the Young Workforce, a key driver in delivering the priorities of the National Improvement Framework.

Our ongoing Business Language Champions programme builds partnerships between schools and local businesses to support teachers in developing young people’s learning about the world of work, with a particular focus providing meaningful contexts for language learning. Replicable ideas for projects in your own school can be found on the Business Language Champions pages of our website.

Our series of Job Profiles aims to support teachers to develop young people’s learning about languages and the world of work and bring real-life contexts into the classroom.

Our annual Business Brunches provide young people with relevant, labour-market focused career advice on languages, direct from our business partners, supporting pupils’ subject choices into the senior phase and beyond.

Over three quarters of UK businesses have a need for foreign language skills among their employees, with over one in ten stating they would need foreign language skills in the next few years. (CBI Education and Skills Survey 2015)