Tag Archives: Employee English

English For The Construction Industry Is About Safety

English for the construction industry is about more than creating mutual understanding. Which is vitally important in any industry. The desire for understanding and to be understood is a basic human instinct, and there is no minimizing that. When we are talking specifically about the construction industry, English training is primarily about safety. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) - one of the U.S. construction industry's trade associations - immigrant workers account for nearly 25% of the entire construction workforce, and average 30% of all construction trades. Additionally, a 2019 report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shows that the construction industry has the largest gap between skilled workers who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) and managers who can speak those languages. And the gap has been widening ever since. For those who own or manage a construction business, ensuring that your worksite and workers remain safe is a top priority. Making Rosetta Stone part of your onboarding experience can definitely help to reduce language barriers, but it doesn't necessarily always translate to the particulars of a day-to-day construction job... because they don't go far enough. That's where we come in.
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Online Corporate English Classes For The Agriculture Industry

Online corporate English classes are so beneficial for every company hiring workers who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) that they should honestly be obligatory. Aside from the clear barriers that a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) poses, like a decline in productivity and poor communication, it can also pose a very real threat to worker safety; which is often overlooked when business leaders and owners weigh the risks against rewards for offering corporate English classes to associates. Statistically, ESL workers are more likely to find employment in blue-collar industries like construction, agriculture and manufacturing that involve regularly operating heavy machinery, in loud and high-stress environments, and depending on the specific job can even demand technical work in collaboration with others. Business owners and decision makers are correct to hire ESL  workers- they bring a variety of skills and techniques that are an asset to American companies. But they are gambling with lives and health and threatening livelihoods by failing to incorporate online English courses into their onboarding programs. Corporations have a responsibility to their workforce and their loved ones to keep the workplace safe. And while some companies might get lucky, and never have an accident at work with their ESL workers... it only takes 1 time; 1 conversation where instructions were misunderstood. It is a gamble that business owners make- one way or another, whether conscious or not- when they opt out of corporate English courses for associates. Nothing is ever guaranteed in life, but being proactive with worker safety is a clear step towards minimizing risk. Here's some ways that online English classes can help businesses in the agricultural industry...
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Professional Skills Trainings For Associates Can Include Presentations

Professional skills trainings for ESL employees (those who speak English as a Second Language) can cover a wide range of different ESL speaking skills; which aren't covered as in depth in many of those standard, run-of-the-mill online ESL courses. Specializing in private and small group English classes, we allow decision makers the unique ability to customize any of our courses to your specific needs. Customized  corporate English class means that while some decision makers request elements of business writing skills for ESL employees, others may want theirs to focus on industry specific employee ESL that is designed to enhance OSHA training. Whether you have 10 associates who are on the same level, or a few that have different needs- we apply a people centered, business focused approach to all of our online language training courses. When designing a program for your associates, our expert instructors will teach at a level and pace set by your associates' needs while centering the needs of your business and objectives to deliver the results you need to see. LIVE, video-chat style class sessions are an engaging, and unique in a way that competition simply cannot compare to. One of the unique ways we allow decision makers to customize our curriculum is by incorporating professional skills trainings- like giving presentations.
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