With 75% of the world’s population unable to speak any English at all, this is a message that needs to be understood if Britain is to maintain its position in the global marketplace. Roland highlighted the personal as well as the practical benefits of language learning, stating that “the ability to speak a foreign language enriches us as individuals and brings huge commercial benefits to employers.”

In monetary terms, rebalancing the UK’s trade with non-English speaking countries could add £21 billion per year to UK GDP. Michelle Brassell, CILT’s Employment Engagement Adviser, underlined the importance of the pledge, stating that "signing the Languages Work Pledge is a simple and practical way to ensure that the importance of languages and intercultural skills to business in the UK is kept at the forefront of the Government’s agenda".

For further information, and to sign the pledge, please visit the Languages Work website.

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