Educational leave is legally anchored
Every employee should develop, because every training increases career opportunities in or outside the company. LanguageCourses are of particular interest. Here, many Germans need to catch up.
Entrepreneurs know how important the education of their employees is to grow their business. However, the interest does not seem to be there for many employees. Many are afraid they would get into trouble with the boss if they claim a benefit for which Companies pays.
As a matter of principle, according to the Federal Ministry of Education, every employee is entitled to the education leave if he lives in one of the 14 federal states where these regulations exist. Saxony and Bavaria remain up-to-date (as of May 2016).
The foreign language skills of the Germans
English is the most popular foreign language in Germany. Little wonder, because the world language is already taught in elementary school and is desired in some companies. But the English knowledge of the Germans is not outstanding, as a survey by IfD Allensbach shows. In self-assessment, more than one in three (37,32 per cent) says they have little or no knowledge. Only 9,51 percent own own data very good and 22,41 percent pretty good knowledge.
In a European comparison, Germany is according to the Federal Agency for Civic Education above the EU - 25 average. Two thirds of the population speak at least one foreign language at entertainment level. As soon as several languages are added, the German level falls below the European average. At least two foreign languages speak only one in four Germans (27 percent) and at least three only eight percent. In Estonia and Finland, one in four speaks at least three foreign languages, in Belgium every second.
Improve language skills during a trip
English is indeed the language of the world, but the repertoire of workers should include several languages if possible. Also languages like Spanish, French, but also Japanese and Chinese are of great advantage. Exotic languages, which are rarely spoken in Europe, give an employer an immense advantage when it comes to career advancement.
It is common knowledge that nowhere is a language better learned than where it is spoken on a daily basis. That's why language travel has been gaining popularity for years - and not just among the younger generation. Even professionals have the opportunity to participate in a language study trip and to learn new ways to communicate.
Find the best tour operator
First of all, employees must find a travel agent with expertise and experience. We have a checklist to choose from provided here, A selection criterion that has not yet been named there: Awards: The ESL-Sprachreisen provider was named Europe's best language tour operator four times, most recently 2015, at the ST Awards and organizes regularly information days in German cities, where they can be informed more precisely about language travel and the related formalities.
The destinations depend on which language is to be learned. Those who already speak English and want to improve their knowledge can travel to the UK, the USA, Malta, Canada or South Africa. Learn French professionals in France, Switzerland or Belgium. In general, it is worth taking part in a general language course that focuses on business. In the professional world, special names are used which must be mastered by employees. For professionals, it is important to know these terms in order to be able to follow a conversation in a foreign language and to participate in it.
You never stop learning
More and more workers are using the educational leave. Although it is an important further training of the employee, it should not however remain. The (professional) life is a continuous education, which must be kept up to date with new information. Even if employees are unable to finance their training every time by their employer, it is profitable to develop themselves personally.
Participating in language study is always a great way to improve your communication skills and get to know the culture during the same period. The latter is important when talking to people from other countries, understanding their thinking and working together on projects. As the economy grows more and more into a global entity, it is no longer enough to simply speak its native language. The more languages that workers master, the better they prepare themselves for the job market.
Personal further education can also take place during leisure time by means of books or onlineCourses. The latter are very popular because they are partly offered free of charge. Some languageCourses are also available for download. These can save employees on their smartphone and listen to them on the way to work. Linguistic further education is therefore possible at any time.
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