The time to expand and assess the language proficiency of your employees is now. A recent opinion article in the Training Journal indicated that “language learning will become an integral part of [a] company’s corporate strategy” as a means of improving international negotiations and relationships, as well as internal business operations. This article is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests that corporations are in need of global language expansion. This goes hand in hand with recent reports that the demand for bilingual workers has doubled in the past five years (New American Economy, 2017).
It is important to recognize diversity at the forefront in revolutionizing a business philosophy. Diversity has the potential to offer endless opportunities for training, development, and business growth.
Why? Because diversity increases profits. A study by DiversityInc (2017) indicated that 43 of the most diverse corporations made up only 7% of the total Fortune 500 companies, but generated 22% of the total revenue made by all Fortune 500 companies. Those statistics speak for themselves.
The corporate sector will soon face a fast approaching intersection between a maturing social influence and workplace learning. As a result, there is an increased need to define levels of cultural awareness and effective communication amongst client, colleagues, and upper management. Implementing language testing practices will allow businesses to prepare for this paradigm shift and provide a strong infrastructure for diversity and language preparedness to ensure business growth in the future.
With over 25 years of experience providing language assessments to the corporate sector, Language Testing International has tested candidates in over 40 countries and in over 100 languages. In partnership with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), LTI offers corporate clients valid and reliable reading, writing, speaking, and listening tests.
From Fortune 500 corporations to small and mid-size companies (click to see a sample list of our clients), LTI works closely with your Human Resources department to identify the appropriate level of language proficiency required for the position you are looking to fill. Once your needs have been identified, we help you qualify the right candidates with the language skills needed to be successful. We work with corporate clients to test prospective candidates and current employees for language proficiency and to help assess what level of proficiency is needed for different roles.
We offer solutions tailored to meet the needs of your business and certify language skills anytime, anywhere with remote proctoring making is convenient for your employees and job applicants.
Lisa March is a bilingual Marketing and Sales Executive. She works closely with LTI on strategic partnerships, business development and marketing. Her efforts help LTI scale the use and implementation of language assessments in schools, institutions, corporations and government agencies.