Language Connect, a leading translation, localisation and interpreting provider, has won an award for innovation for its work as part of the Business Language Champions programme run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages.
The award for innovation is granted annually by CILT to businesses who can demonstrate an innovative approach to working with schools to support language learning.
In 2009, Language Connect partnered with a school in North London, the Convent of Jesus & Mary Language College, which has a large population of students that speak a second language at home. The aim for Language Connect’s activities was to show the bilingual students at the college how they could use and develop their language skills further to become professional translators or interpreters. Workshops are now run twice a term predominantly in Portuguese and Polish due to the large number of students at the school speaking these languages.
The panel of judges gave Language Connect the Highly Commended status for innovation because of the approach that the company took to working directly with teachers at the school in creating an original programme that engages the students and helps them directly recognise the potential value of their language skills in the workplace.
Language Connect has since offered work experience placements in its London head office to students who have expressed interest in pursuing careers within the language services industry following the workshops.
About Business Language Champions
The Business Language Champions programme inspires and supports employers and employees to work with schools through languages. The programme aims to encourage young people to understand the benefits of learning languages and the exciting and rewarding careers available to them with languages. Sponsored by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the programme engages employers of all sizes and sectors. These employers recognise the importance of language and intercultural skills for business success and are helping young people to develop these vital skills to compete successfully in a competitive global economy.
About Language Connect
Language Connect provides full-service translation, localisation, interpreting, voice over and verbatim coding services to clients in vertical industries such as banking and finance, market research, education and learning, government and hospitality. Language Connect has a dedicated staff of Account Managers, Project Managers, localisation and technical support specialists, who are complemented by a network of over 5,000 subject specialist translators and editors. An international office network that spans the UK, Germany and Australia allows us to work with clients on a local level to address specific language, cultural and technical needs on a global scale.
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Language Connect is a professional language services company providing a range of language services to clients worldwide and has the fundamental aim of helping a range of organisations communicate more effectively without foreign language barriers.