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British military championing language learning

09/06/2016 Joanna

As the uptake of languages at GCSE and A-level continues to decline, the British military is urging young people to consider this option more.

Research conducted by exams watchdog Ofqual showed that even though the uptake of Spanish rose by almost 15 per cent last year, the number of people choosing to take languages as a whole dropped by three per cent from 2014 to 2015.

In addition, the uptake of French dropped by one per cent, while German uptake saw a decrease of 2.5 per cent.

The British military is now urging students to consider the value of learning languages when it comes to a career later in life.

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Centre for Language and Culture has begun to offer training to NATO standards in languages including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Russian, Spanish and English as a foreign language.

However, this isn't the only career option that requires language capabilities. With so many businesses hiring globally, knowing an additional language can be beneficial to a huge number of job roles.

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