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British graduates 'falling behind multi-lingual rivals'

Published: Wednesday, 02 June 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

British graduates do not possess the necessary skills to land jobs which require another language, a new report has claimed.

The National Centre for Languages polled a number of major companies, such as Google, McDonald's and RBS, for their opinions on British university leavers.

According to the Times, the results showed that young people in the UK are "falling behind, or at a disadvantage" when compared with other candidates for jobs in multi-national organisation.

"Employers view the pool of those with high-level language skills as a global one, with the UK a relatively weak player," read one section of the report, quoted by the newspaper.

The government-funded body also noted that graduates who are able to speak additional languages are increasingly in demand as companies adopt a more international outlook.

In the past six years since studying a foreign language at GCSE level became optional, the number of teenagers accepting this opportunity has declined by a third.

The Workers' Educational Association claimed last month that adult learning can stand Britons in good stead in the competitive jobs market at present.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19813364-ADNFCR

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