" ......The UK's lack of foreign language skills is problematic for our export performance: a study by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in 2014 estimates that language and cultural barriers are costing the UK economy up to £48 billion per year.
Graduates who can speak more than one
language will have a significant competitive advantage in today’s job
market, and as China is a fast-developing market that the UK has a huge
trade deficit with, Mandarin speakers will not only be in high demand by
UK companies, but also essential to future-proofing the UK economy. "
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