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LSC Prove to be Aware of Internationalisation of Business

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC), is the organisation that plans and funds high-quality vocational courses and training opportunities for young people and adults in England, with the aim to improve the skills of the English population and develop a competitive and efficient workforce.

The LSC Lancashire has created the exchange titled “Training Bridge”, in which some apprentices will be visiting the town of Zwickau in East Germany, as part of the programme “Training 2000” of the centre. During this trip, the students will be spending time in German companies, business schools and colleges, and also observing other apprentices and working with them. Further, to get a better sense of the German culture and a different approach on business, the students will be travelling around the country.

Germany is one of the most influential countries in Europe for business and a vital trading partner of the United Kingdom. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for the LSC to establish and foster new business partnerships, for both countries to exchange best practices and skills, develop a better qualified and more competent staff and consequently overlap social and cultural boundaries between each nation.

The First One Chosen

Imran Hajat from Blackburn is one of the many people involved in the project “Training 2000″and he was chosen to take part in this trip to Germany. During the period between the 6th and 28th of May he will be visiting Germany and getting a more diverse education and a new perspective on how to conduct businesses. Imran, 17, is currently studying for his NVQ Level 3 Business Administration and his NVQ Level 1 Sustainable Communities qualification. He also works as a neighbourhood assistant and raises money for charities.

This is a great opportunity for Imran, about which he is very enthusiastic. He is also very grateful to have been chosen, saying: “The opportunities provided by the Council for apprentices are very beneficial to us and enable us to better our skills as employees.”

Languages Make it Easier

These exchange programmes are extremely positive and will have a great impact in the future in the economic and market system in the UK, and even further in Europe and the rest of the world. For Imran, this is just a short two hour flight, but for the future of business this is a huge advance.

For the trip, Imran is taking German language lessons, Survival German, at “Training 2000” to be prepared for the whole experience. Languages in these programmes are a key skill for the simple reason that if the apprentices are not able to speak the mother tongue of the country where they are being sent, the whole experience will be pointless as they will not understand any of the business deals or training courses.

This is one of the many real life examples where languages play an essential role and where it is obvious that they do really facilitate our lives in many aspects. Communication is central to any business and in the present days, where most companies have international partners and work on a global dimension, it is only positive that their employees are able to master as many languages as possible. And for a young qualified employee this is also a great advantage in our highly competitive world.

Joana Lage, Language Learning Correspondent

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