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Courtney, Beth, tutor – Tian Deng and Ellie
Left to right: Courtney, Beth, tutor – Tian Deng and Ellie

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism students have recently completed Mandarin lessons as part of their course, helping to prepare them for the world of work.

A local, thriving visitor economy coupled with China's increasing influence on today's jobs market contributes to demand for a future workforce capable of communicating in several languages. Alongside their Travel qualification, students have been working towards a qualification in Mandarin, the Chinese dialect which is China’s official language.

Tutor Tian Deng graduated from a Chinese university and moved to Liverpool to use her Major in English to teach the language. She commented, "The students have been really enthusiastic about their Mandarin lessons. Their confidence has grown massively. We have covered everything from greetings and introductions to shopping and family."

Student, Ellie O'Neill, 17 from Whiston said, "The Mandarin classes are brilliant. I find learning this language really useful. Having basic Mandarin language skills will help to make me a competitive candidate for future jobs. I will also be able to help and understand others in my future job role, which could potentially take me around the world."

Beth Critchley, 18 from Blackbrook has recently secured a place at Manchester Met Uni to study Law, she added, "It has been really enjoyable, my favourite part has been learning to hold a conversation in Mandarin. I included the Mandarin lessons on my personal statement for my university application and feel that it really enhanced my application."

St Helens College aims to ensure that its students are equipped for the competitive global jobs market, promoting Chinese language and culture which are important for enhancing employability. The students will not only benefit from gaining a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese culture, but will also have the opportunity to develop crucial foreign language skills.

“Senior leaders and managers work very closely with a range of partners...to ensure that learning programmes meet the needs of employers...” - Ofsted 2017

Ellie, Courtney, Hannah, Bettina, Alex, Beth, Olivia, Kylie, Elizabeth and tutor, Tian Deng
Left to right: Ellie, Courtney, Hannah, Bettina, Alex, Beth,
Olivia, Kylie, Elizabeth and tutor, Tian Deng