Launch of new foreign language courses for businesses

As Export Week takes place, Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team would like to announce the new language provision designed specifically for businesses.

A recent British Chamber of Commerce survey shows that 61% of businesses consider a lack of foreign language skills to be a trade barrier. The new foreign language courses will help support local business to overcome this challenge.

Developed in consultation with local businesses and support organisations, the language courses, currently in French,  German and Chinese are scheduled to take place in June and July. In response to the recent British Academy report which highlights that languages are needed at all levels, the courses have been developed for people with different experience in foreign  language learning. Each course will be specifically targeted to business needs and will fit around work commitments.

Clare Sinclair, Business Development Manager, said: “Export Week takes place to promote the value of exporting to businesses around the UK; it’s fantastic that we are able to unveil our business language courses during this key time of the year”.

The new business language courses expand on the current language learning provision the University offers. Dr Catherine Chabert, Co-Dean of Continuing & Professional Education and foreign language specialist, said: “Our language courses are wide-ranging, covering a spectrum of languages spoken around the world. I welcome the new language for businesses courses to our provision and I urge local businesses to come and take advantage of our expertise.”

Examples of the kind of training on offer include short half day sessions for those who have not learnt a language before but want to be able to meet and greet international visitors, to more intensive training for those who want to develop their existing skills to be able to use them in a professional context.  Bespoke training is also on offer for organisations with specific language needs.

Further information on the new courses can be found on the Cardiff University website:

Insurers Benefit from a free Taste of Medicine

Underwriters and Claims Assessors from some of the top UK insurance and reinsurance companies benefitted from a free Webinar offered as a taster for our Assessing and Managing Medical Risk for Insurers courses.  All 100 places for the Webinar were taken; with some companies showing it on a screen in their offices so a number of staff could take part together.

To ensure the Webinar had minimal impact on an organisation’s day to day operations it was organised over a lunch hour.  Participants heard a presentation on Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease including symptoms, prognosis, and treatments involved, and were invited to take part in interactive polls and ask questions that were answered by the presenter.

Feedback from the participants showed the Webinar to be a big hit, with one company stating it was ‘thoroughly thought provoking, informative and very enjoyable. We particularly liked the interaction between parties’ and another commenting ‘Very good webinar.  Enjoyed the interactive nature and level of detail’.

To ensure the Webinar reached as many people as possible, key points were Tweeted during the session and a full recording of the Webinar is available to download.

Business Development Manager, Clare Sinclair said ‘Cardiff University has an award winning track record in providing specialist medical professional development for the insurance sector.  The Assessing and Managing Medical Risk for Insurers courses that we are running in May and June are a mix of on-line and face to face teaching so delivering the Webinar seemed an appropriate method to use to introduce learners to the type of teaching to expect on the course and the education experience they will have.’

Attendance on Cardiff University’s medical risk courses has proved to have significant impact on the organisations attending.  Tangible benefits reported including: cost savings from a reduction in cases referred to external medical experts; a reduction in errors and improved quality in decisions; quicker decision making, resulting in improved customer service; increased delegate confidence; and increased confidence from reinsurers.