[lg policy] Languages 'important for Irish jobs'

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 15:13:33 UTC 2011

Languages 'important for Irish jobs'
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Languages 'important for Irish jobs'Boosting language skills is an
important task that the Irish Business and Employers Confederation
(IBEC) believes will result in Ireland playing a greater role in the
global marketplace, securing jobs and growth for the country in the

"If we neglect to ensure adequate availability of foreign language
skills in Ireland, the opportunities of this global market will not be
realised," commented IBEC head of education policy Tony Donohoe.

He argued that over 75 per cent of the world's population do not speak
English and only nine per cent speak English as their first language,
highlighting the need for greater uptake of foreign languages for
Irish young people.

As such, IBEC has called on the Department of Education and Skills to
introduce a national language policy to provide an integrated and
coherent approach to language education.

Figures published by IBEC recently revealed that job creation in
Ireland over recent months would appear to be on the right track, with
the quarterly fall in employment of 3,200 jobs the lowest level seen
since the first quarter of 2008.


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