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Learning is a treasure which will follow its owner everywhere

Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism students have recently added Mandarin lessons to their curriculum, helping them to prepare for the world of work.

In the build up to 2020, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership aims to develop visitor economy from countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, in and around the city. China's continual economic growth in particular is having an increasing influence on today's global job market.

Educational Secretary, Nick Morgan said, "The relationship between the UK and China is vital to our growing economy, which is why we want even more young people, from all backgrounds, to have the opportunity to learn Mandarin."[i]

St Helens College is working in partnership with the Liverpool Confucius Institute to help its students to prepare for the world's ever changing jobs market. This is a joint project between the University of Liverpool, Xi'an Jiaotong University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International. The project aims to promote Chinese language and culture amongst British schools and colleges, local businesses, community groups and individuals.

Over a ten week period, students at St Helens College are undertaking two hours of Mandarin lessons each week. 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. With China consistently expanding internationally in the world of business and commerce, the need for young people to develop these skills is crucial. St Helens College aims to ensure that its students are equipped for the competitive global job market by allowing them opportunities to explore the world from both within and outside of the classroom.

The Mandarin classes are taught by Dr. Sun, who has specialised in neurological science for over twenty years in China. Now lecturing at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Integrative Biology, Dr Sun also passes her authentic Mandarin language skills onto businesses, schools and colleges around Merseyside.

Dr. Sun, said "It is important for young British people to learn Mandarin because it can help them to secure employment not only in China and in the UK, but in a range of other countries too. These may include Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, but also others. Like the English language, Mandarin is also a world language, and can be used to bridge communication barriers between other languages."

"I hope my students not only take away Mandarin language skills, but also an understanding of the Chinese culture. China has a beautiful history, philosophies, art, nature and natural medicines. I hope that young people from the East and the West can come to understand each other. Language is the best way to do this, to exchange thoughts, messages and stories."

Level 3 extended diploma in travel and tourism student, Ellie O'Neill, 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."

Tutor of the level 3 extended diploma in travel and tourism, Vicki Aspinall, said "It is my role to ensure that the students' experience whilst at College has been supportive of their future careers and aspirations. Chinese tourism in Liverpool has really grown recently and with the growth of the Visitor Economy locally there are an abundance of job opportunities. These lessons will help our students to become more familiar with a broader range of global cultures to help them prepare for the world of work in the travel and tourism industries."

If you are interested in studying travel and tourism, please call us on 0800 99 66 99.

Dr Sun, Mandarin tutor from University of Liverpool
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A picture of our students with their Mandarin Lecturer, Dr Sun

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