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Modern Languages

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what he is doing to improve skills in modern languages among the work force.

In schools and colleges the technical and vocational education initiative is building on the foundations of the national curriculum by encouraging the learning of modern languages.Both youth training and employment training offer opportunities—where vocationally relevant—for people to learn languages, and an employer-led body has recently been established to develop qualifications which measure practical competence in languages among people at work.