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Language - the key to working life

Knowing the language and having a job is key to how immigrants can integrate. But what comes first? Many immigrants leave their language course when they find work. Having a job is also no guarantee for successful integration. Many work places develop linguistic ghettos where employees of the same nationality communicate in their mother tongue. For many businesses the solution is language lessons in the work place. NLJ has spoken to a Nepalese in Norway, a Chinese in Finland and a Hungarian in Denmark who all wish to express themselves better. But we also spoke to a Swede who took it on himself to set up language training for sheet metal workers. The common denominator is language training which is more tailored at working life than before.

Language skills - the key that doesn't always fit

Few statements enjoy such broad political agreement in the Nordic countries as this: language skills are key to both integration and working life. All five countries offer immigrants several hundreds of hours of free language courses, but they have chosen different models and put different demands on students.

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Language training boosts self-confidence for Norway's Coke staff

Language training boosts self-confidence for Norway's Coke staff

Coca-Cola Enterprises Norway started a successful language training programme in the workplace after a visit to another food and drinks company - the dairy group Tine.

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Norwegian food industries offer in-house language courses

Knowing a country's language is important to get a job. But language is also getting more and more important in order to hold on to that job as new technology is introduced, employers demand written documentation and linguistic skills become an increasingly important part of the daily tasks at work.

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Free workplace language training in Denmark

Free workplace language training in Denmark

All foreigners with permanent residency in Denmark are entitled to Danish language lessons. Many language courses are held in the workplace, and businesses see the benefits of in-house language training.

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English - Denmark's future professional language

English - Denmark's future professional language

To get a job in Denmark you must learn Danish, but in the long term both private and public employers must accept English as the professional language, says Foreningen Nydansker (the association for the integration of immigrants into the Danish labour market), which represents 130 small and larger Danish businesses.

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Job-related Swedish language training boosts employment

Job-related Swedish language training boosts employment

Several larger municipalities in Sweden are making Swedish lessons for immigrants more and more targeted to the labour market. Language lessons are mixed with practical learning and the language taught is tailored to specific occupations. Örebro municipality west of Stockholm represents one example where vocational education is mixed with language lessons and where there is strong cooperation between the municipality, businesses and the employment service.

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Finland demands strong language skills

Finland demands strong language skills

Finnish can be a difficult language to learn. Many immigrants have found out the hard way. To get a job you need very good spoken and written Finnish. It is crucial to invest in language skills in order to fully take part in Finnish society.

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