Schools will be allocated £3 million this year to support pupils
learning additional languages, Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn
A lack of language skills has been estimated to cost Scottish
businesses hundreds of millions of pounds a year in lost
The Scottish Government funding will enable every primary school
pupil to start learning an additional language in Primary 1 and a
second additional language by Primary 5, and for language learning
to continue to the end of S3. This includes Mandarin, Gaelic and
British Sign Language as well as European languages.
There has been a sustained increase in language Highers and
skills-based qualifications in recent years and the Scottish
Government's continued investment will build on this success,
ensuring the workforce has the right skills to make the most of
international economic opportunities.
Visiting St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, Mr Hepburn
"Learning languages in today's global, multi-cultural world is
becoming more crucial than ever. Research shows that employers
strongly favour candidates with language skills and we want to
ensure young Scots are equipped with the skills they need in the
global marketplace. That is why introducing school children to
languages at a young age and helping them to foster a long-lasting
love of languages is so crucially important.
"Our 1+2 language policy supports this ambition and I'm pleased
to announce we are allocating a further £3 million to schools in
the 2018-19 draft budget, bringing our total investment to £27.2
million since 2013."
Ellen Douglas, Head Teacher of St Ambrose High School, said:
"St Ambrose High is committed to ensuring that Modern Languages
is given its rightful place in the school curriculum and I'm
delighted to learn that the national commitment to
promoting Modern Languages will continue with the additional
funding being announced by the Minister today.
"Young people live in an increasingly global village and
marvellous economic, cultural and social opportunities are created
where the barrier of language is removed. Future prosperity
requires to be underpinned by good communication in order that
communities can remain competitive and enjoy the mutual benefits of
working towards a common purpose."
Source - Scottish Governement