Will Language Training Courses Become More Important Post-Brexit?
There has been much talk in the press about the possible impact of Brexit. Will it be good or bad for the UK? What effect will it have on businesses both here and in the EU? Will it really be as bad as everyone seems to think?
Writing for The C Suite, regional director of Rosetta Stone Panos Kraniotis has suggested that there may be one area that people haven’t as yet appreciated could be affected by the plans to leave the EU – and that’s language skills and barriers.
He observed that companies here in the UK have been putting themselves at a disadvantage in Europe because of a lack of language skills and, while English is certainly the most spoken language across many companies, you could enjoy a more “productive interaction” with suppliers, colleagues, partners and customers if you can navigate your way through different cultures and speak different languages.
Back in June, education secretary Nicky Morgan warned that Brexit could have an impact on language learning here in the UK, suggesting that native speakers who help out in schools or teach in language centres may find it harder to live in the UK. If this is to be the case, then it may well be that foreign language study in the country could be hindered. Speaking a different language is increasingly becoming an essential skill for trade and negotiation, and if we do leave the EU it could become even more important than ever before.
And just after the EU referendum result was revealed, head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee Danuta Hübner warned that English would not continue to be one of the EU’s official languages after the UK leaves the Union. Currently, it is one of the 24 official languages but once Brexit is complete, English could lose its status. However, given that English is one of the most common languages in the world, whether that’s in the EU or further afield, it remains to be seen what impact this would have if it did happen.
A recent Rosetta Stone study found that 87 per cent of executives asked from the UK and Germany were able to identify more than one critical language being used in their organisations, while nearly two-thirds thought their members of staff needed to improve their language skills. What’s more, 79 per cent said that languages can help to improve relations with customers, 68 per cent believe they can help employee productivity and 72 per cent think that sales opportunities increase as a result.
“Businesses recognising the central place that language skills occupy in building and maintaining international working relationships need an appropriate training solution for ongoing learning. They cannot expect to rely on employees entering the workforce with readymade language skills,” Mr Kraniotis continued to write.
We offer a variety of different language training courses here at Learning Plus, from English and Spanish to Arabic, French and German so have a browse to see if there’s anything that you feel you could benefit from this year or next.