Today (Friday June 8) the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister, will visit Aberdeen where he will emphasise the importance of promoting languages in schools as an essential skill pupils need to compete in what is an increasingly internationalised working environment.
Mr McAllister will attend a reception at the Town House hosted by Lord Provost, George Adam, for the winners of the German Work Experience Competition 2012. Organised by the German Consulate General in Scotland and international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG, the competition aims to promote the German language in Aberdeen secondary schools.
The son of a Scottish father and German mother, Mr McAllister is himself bilingual and says there are many benefits to be gained from learning a foreign language.
"This competition, organised by KCA DEUTAG in Aberdeen, is a good way of awakening young people’s interest in another culture. Especially in our globalised world, learning a foreign language not only helps to improve the personal and professional skills, but also increases the chance to get a really interesting job."
Germany is Scotland’s second largest trading partner and demand for German language specialists, particularly in the field of engineering, is currently not being met. KCA DEUTAG currently employ 8,000 people in more than 20 countries and regard the promotion of German and other foreign languages as an investment in both industry and the community.
After the morning reception at the Town House, Mr McAllister will visit KCA DEUTAG’s Aberdeen headquarters where he will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of the Drilling and Advanced Rig Training services and try the simulator, which is a full-scale state-of-the-art reproduction of an offshore platform. KCA Deutag offers Drilling and Advanced Rig Training Services in Aberdeen, Norway, Nigeria, Sakhalin Island, the Middle East, Brazil, Tyumen and Baku.