IATEFL BESIG: Bridging the gap between education and the workplace

New research published by Pearson in 2023 revealed that over half of those using English for work felt that formal education – at school and college – had not adequately prepared them for the English skills needed in the workplace.  Three quarters said they were not able to express themselves fully at work, with a similar number admitting that their jobs would be easier if they had better English skills.
So what is it that employees need that is not currently being taught? And what skills are employers themselves looking for as part of their recruitment processes? This workshop explores these and other questions within the context of Pearson’s Global Scale of English and Employability Frameworks, with practical suggestions on how the free online resources can be used by educators to plug the current skills gap and set learners up for future success.





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