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Learning BRIC languages 'will increase graduate opportunities'

Published: Thursday, 11 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Learning the languages of the world's emerging economies will boost an individual's chances of success in the graduate jobs market, it has been suggested.

The government recently announced a partnership with China which will see 1,000 young Britons trained to deliver Mandarin lessons at secondary schools in England.

Gerwyn Davies, public policy adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and development, welcomed the announcement by education secretary Michael Gove.

He explained that finding jobs in rapidly-growing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) will be easier for those who are able to converse in their respective languages.

"Foreign languages, particularly the ones which are spoken in the BRIC countries, will give you that edge over other candidates, who perhaps have the same skills as you, but perhaps not the same range of skills," he said.

The government also revealed in July that it has extended the UK India Education and Research Initiative, which has already created 600 partnerships between British and Indian institutions.

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