Given that only one in three British citizens are able to speak a second language and with a decline in students studying languages at school, it is becoming increasingly challenging for British companies to communicate and do business with countries in Europe and the rest of the world. The UK is facing huge economic consequences both now and will continue to do so in the future.
We will have to manage a lack of language skills whilst trying to maintain international connections. Employees who speak more than one language are highly sought after since they bring skills that businesses require to develop good international relationships and to create trade deals.
According to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages, “We will need more UK officials with foreign language skills.” “Language skills are vital for our exports, education, public services and diplomacy.” Continue reading