Versant English Proficiency Tests Lead to Employability and Profitability

Authored by: Angel O. Piñero

English is the one language that connects the workforce of international companies. In fact, English language proficiency improves your business collaboration across global teams, and helps you better reach global markets.

We understand most workers and college graduates may already have some English skills. However, they may not have sufficient English skills, specific to their work responsibilities. This is why businesses have been investing in English training programs for employees. English skills proficiency is often required as a benchmark for performance reviews and career progression.

Most businesses set expectations, monitor results, and make adjustments in their daily operations. Indeed, they need a way to measure learning progress and set specific goals, including learning English for business use, through applicable metrics or measurement scales.

Proficiency Prepares Your Employees to Better Interact With Your Customers

The internet has made English the dominant online language. English currently accounts for more than half of all online content. Even as more countries go online, and other languages increase their web presence, English is still the main language of business. It has become the universal language for communication between countries with different native languages.

For non-native English speakers, knowing how to speak English as a second language brings immense value. A bilingual employee is more valuable to your company then a monolingual applicant.

In fact, English “is the de facto language of communication for all types of international exchange—goods, services, and ideas,” according to Education First (EF) in its English Proficiency Index 2018.

“For companies, English is a key component of remaining competitive and fostering innovation in an internationalized marketplace. As English becomes necessary for ever more interactions in the globalized world, the value of proficiency in the language grows apparent, and the cost of not speaking English grows steeper,” Education First reported.

See the entire list of English speaking countries, and their order, here.

English is the International Language of Business

English proficiency varies widely between industries and job functions, according to Education First. Many recruiters now demand English skills in almost all candidates. However, the best English speakers have clustered in particular roles, such as legal and strategy, and in particular industries, such as banking and IT.

“The gap between the industries with the highest proficiency and those with the lowest in any given country can be over 15 points, or three proficiency bands, although the worldwide gap between industries is narrowing. The pressures of globalization mean that almost every industry is subject to international competition. Weaker English skills make competing more difficult,” according to the Education First English Proficiency Index 2018.

Versant English Proficiency Tests

Versant assessment tests are a very efficient way to test English proficiency, ensuring the skills to communicate effectively. For job candidates, this means employability. For knowledge workers and current employees, this equates to career scalability. And for business, this leads to profitability.

English is the one language that connects the workforce of international companies. In fact, English language proficiency improves your business collaboration across global teams, and helps you better reach global markets.

Contact us to learn more about the TDS Global Solutions Versant suite of tests.