Business Brunches: Inspiring Scotland’s future global workforce
A fantastic turnout this year where 56 successful schools across Scotland had the opportunity to engage with local businesses during a series of five Business Brunch events organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages in partnership with the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland.
In total, 535 learners from S3-S6 heard from a range of business leaders who view language skills as key to the growth and success of their company. The events demonstrated the relevance of language skills in a work context and aimed to encourage pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education, and beyond school.
The events were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness during the months of January and February. On average, 9 businesses were in attendance at each event and ranged from law firms to shipping companies to banks. Engineering companies, the tourism industry and oil sector were also represented.
Schools from 25 local authorities and one independent participated.
A teacher who attended said:
“Today’s event was a fantastic opportunity. It has given my pupils a deeper appreciation that language learning is not just about the words but that being able to speak a language can break down so many barriers in so many different ways, including our own perceptions of people and countries.”
One of the young people added to this and commented:
“I learned that cultural awareness and language skills are an important aspect of day-to-day business and also important to bigger companies. Language and cultural awareness is important in helping understand foreign business partners and in earning their trust.”
Meaningful employer engagement and providing relevant careers advice are both key recommendations of Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, “Developing the young workforce”
and in line with the National Improvement Framework
. The Business Brunch events supported these aims by giving young people the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the role of languages in the business world.
This collaboration between schools and businesses supported Scotland’s International Policy to equip young people with international communication and employability skills that they will need in our increasingly globalised society and economy.
Click on the tabs above to find out further more about what went on during these events.
Explore photographs, feedback from participants and the companies who were present at last year's events on our Business Brunch 2016
webpage and find out more about the first year we ran the programme as Business Breakfasts in 2015