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British graduates lack foreign language skills

Published: Thursday, 15 October 2009   Category: Life after graduation

University leavers are hindering their prospects of securing a graduate job abroad because of the the small numbers taking language degrees.

That is according to Kathryn Board, chief executive of Cilt, the National Centre for Languages, who believes that more funding should be invested to help the UK compete in the global economy.

Writing for the Independent, Ms Board said graduate job hunters lack international skills because only three per cent of university students are taking a degree in a foreign language.

"British graduates without a second language are disadvantaged when it comes to looking for jobs with international companies and will find it harder to gain promotion within them," she claimed.

However, the Recruitment Society chairman Steve Huxham recently told university leavers that they should only consider moving away from the UK for employment if they are guaranteed a graduate job.


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