A recent careers event highlighted the importance of language skills to Galashiels Academy pupils.
S3 pupils participated in the event held in the school on September 23.
It aimed to demonstrate the value of language skills for Scotland’s future workforce and to encourage pupils to consider the relevance of languages for their personal development as well as for further study and future career opportunities.
The event was organised by Galashiels Academy modern languages department, with support from SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.
Fhiona Fisher, director of SCILT said: “Events such as these are valuable because they allow young people to receive careers advice directly from employers.
“It’s important that Scottish youngsters enter the workforce with a wide range of skills and attributes; those who have learned a language can offer enhanced communication skills, a greater level of inter-cultural sensitivity and highly developed literacy.
“These competencies are valued by the business community and this event has demonstrated how ability in languages other than English can give a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised job market.”
Beth Tope from local business ProStrakan demonstrated the importance of language and cultural understanding to the success of a business with an international client base.
Rugby star Gregor Townsend shared how useful being able to communicate in another language can be for sportsmen playing at an international level.
And Professor Nik Gisborne from the University of Edinburgh introduced pupils to the world of linguistics.
Modern languages principal teacher, Cedric Raffier, said: “It was a very worthwhile experience for all the pupils who took part.
“They went away from it with a broader understanding of the importance that languages play in communication, both at a personal and professional level.”