How can you get involved?
There are several ways in which you could get involved with the Business Language Champions Scheme. There is no cost, just a little of your time and enthusiasm. Here are just a few of the options:
Talk to schools about the importance of languages to your business- just hearing this from a business person can have such a positve impact.
Host a day(s) of work experience for pupils and/or a MFL teacher. It can really be an eye opener for both pupils and teacher to get a snapshot of how languages are used outside the classroom
Become a language mentor for a local pupil.
Provide access to company resources in other languages. Even e mails and faxes in the target language will impress.
Run an " apprentice style " session in which pupils could present a company product to the company in the foreign language
Assist pupils with writing CVs and honing their job interview skills in the target language.
Pupils could develop marketing and other business specific projects in the target language.
Pupils of French could even deliver a lesson in the target language to front of house staff or employees who answer the telephone to foreign customers
CILT Cymru would play a leading role in coordinating BLC visits and help you plan suitable activities and presentations.
Download the information sheet "Could you be a BLC?"
Impact on pupils
Working with business has proved inspirational for pupils. Here are just some comments;
"This has definitely made me think that I want to take French and German as two of my GCSEs" Year 9 pupil, Cwmtawe Comprehensive School
"I am now more likely to carry on with languages because orf all the advantages I have heard about today" Year 9 pupil , Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni