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Several reports and websites highlight the role of languages for employability, competitivity and international business.

In Ireland, the Forfas Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has published reports highlighting a national language skills deficit in 2005 and 2012.

In Europe, the Commission has set up two working groups to advise it in its drive to promote multilingualism: the Business Platform for Multilingualism, made up of industry representatives, and the Languages for Jobs working group, which is made up of Governments representatives. Both have produced detailed reports in this area which can be found below. CELAN is the new European platform for business and language which emerged from the work of the Business Forum for Multilingualism.

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1. Forfas (2005) Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Languages and Enterprise

Foreign language skills will be important to the successful future development of enterprise in Ireland, with any deficit in this area resulting in firms failing to achieve their full potential. This is a key finding from a report launched by the Expert ...
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2. Forfas (2012) Key Skills for Enterprise to Trade Internationally

In June 2012, the Forfas Expert Group on Future Skills published its report on key skills required to trade internationally. The report outlines the essential skill sets that individuals should look to develop to avail of employment opportunities arising ...
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3. Business Forum on Multilingualism Report (2008)

'Companies work better with Languages' is the report compiled by the Business Forum for Multilingualism set up by the EU Commission with representatives from industry.

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4. Languages for Jobs report (2011)

Languages for Jobs - Providing Multilingual Communication Skills for the Labour Market Report (2011). Report produced by the thematic working group 'Languages for Jobs' set up by the EU Commission under the European Strategic Framework for Education and T ...
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5. The Economist (2012) Competing across Borders

An article for the Economist website on 'Competing across Borders - How Cultural and Communication Barriers affect Business' (April 2012)

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6. Languages mean Business website

'Languages mean Business'. As part of its information campaign on multilingualism, the EU Commission launched this new dedicated website in 2010. It aims at informing European SMEs on the easiest ways they can use languages to boost their business. Apart ...
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7. CELAN website

CELAN is the new European platform promoting dialogue between the business community and language practicioners. Its aim is to promote 'language strategies for competitiveness and employability.