Brexit language training
Britain and the European Union are negotiating a post-Brexit trade agreement. After the end of the “Brexit” transition period at the end of December this year, the UK will close the door to foreign low-skilled workers and require all skilled workers who want to work in the UK to get job offers and meet salary and language requirements.
The language conditions here refer to a certain level of English application level. For practitioners who want to try to develop in the UK, local professional language training institutions will become a springboard for them to look for.
In addition, as the areas of Sino-British cooperation continue to diversify, the UK hopes to expand its market in China, and the Chinese language training market is also expected to usher in a new round of business opportunities.
“Starting from next year, skilled workers will need to earn enough points to continue working in the UK. They all need to speak English.”
The British Home Secretary Patel’s earlier article in the British “Sun” showed that people in the UK In fact, many foreign practitioners are currently unable to speak English well.
According to a survey conducted by the British Human Development Association, after the “Brexit” transition period, as the number of immigrants from EU and non-EU countries seeking jobs in the UK has decreased significantly, the labor market will face a shortage of more than 1 million employees.
Taking the healthcare industry as an example, the British government plans to recruit at least 50,000 foreign nurses from around the world after Brexit. In recent years, nurses from the local and European Union countries have left the UK to work in North America and Australia.
The jobs left there are largely filled by Filipino nurses. However, after the UK’s “Brexit”, all foreign workers face the same immigration assessment standards, and the key indicator is that they must pass the level of English.
However, most Filipino nurses can only meet the requirements in oral English and cannot pass the IELTS test. A British company responsible for hiring Filipino workers said that it has received 1,000 nurse recruitment orders, and it only completed a quarter of them.
This is not because of a lack of applications, but because the English test fails to meet the standards.
Therefore, the provision of language training in English and other languages for foreign workers has become an emerging industry in the UK market. Unlike the general English training for preparatory students, the language training designed for foreign workers pays more attention to professionalism.
The London International Language School, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, stated that many of the students it has received in recent years are from Europe or the Middle East, and most of them are sent to the UK as official or corporate permanent representatives. The Anglo Continental English School established in the 1950s is another officially recognized English language teaching institution.
Since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) put forward the English proficiency requirements, this language school has developed a series of courses designed to help aviation organizations and individuals reach the mandatory level 4 (operational level) of ICAO.
As more airlines in Europe gradually resume operations, it is expected that many foreign pilots will come to the UK to learn professional English in order to obtain better career opportunities with more authentic accents and expressions.
Chinese language training has quite a market in UK
Chinese professional training courses also have a certain market in the local area. For example, the British Medical Service encourages its subsidiaries to export products and services to China.
The 13 best British companies representing the British National Health Service, universities and private institutions are actively seeking to connect with the Chinese market.
In the process, local British applicants who are proficient in Chinese are very popular. In addition, a large number of Chinese tourists have visited the UK in recent years, prompting local businesses to provide jobs such as shopping guides and tour guides in Chinese.
These positions are not necessarily all Chinese faces, and many locals have obtained them after learning Chinese. Therefore, corresponding vocational Chinese education courses came into being. Some British people who are learning Chinese hope to find a part-time job teaching English to Chinese immigrant families.
The rise of China has also prompted British parents and students to regard Chinese as one of the most useful languages. However, the shortage of qualified Chinese teachers is still a challenge. There are currently only about 100 in the UK.
It should be noted that if you want to teach in a British school, you must obtain a local teacher qualification certificate. The professional qualifications for teachers in the UK are divided into PGCE and GTP. PGCE is a certificate similar to a professional teacher’s degree.
There is no university in the UK similar to the Chinese Normal University. If you want to work in the teaching profession, you must obtain a PGCE certificate after completing an undergraduate or postgraduate study.
For those who have already worked in a school, they can consider applying to the school for the GTP project of the British government. In the UK, if you want to enter a public school as a full-time teacher, you must have at least one of the above two certificates.
In addition, it is not easy to set up a language training school in the UK that meets the qualifications and meets the needs of the market. Schools usually have to obtain permission from the British Council to meet its strict standards: two English language teaching experts and inspectors with years of experience must conduct a detailed initial inspection; after the initial inspection, the next 12 to 18 A surprise spot check is also required within a month, and a recheck after 4 years.
Inspectors check more than 100 standards, including confirming whether teachers are fully qualified for their posts and receiving corresponding support, and whether teachers and students can use learning resources and facilities.
In addition, the enrollment promotion content of training institutions will also be reviewed regularly. Chinese investors who are interested in participating need to pay attention.