If you are a undergraduate, postgraduate student or a young professional and would like to improve your English to get a job, this competition is right for you.

You could  win a two week English language course in the UK with our #SeeIntoTheFuture English4Employability competition. The competition is now closed.

The winners and runners-up of the English4Employability Competition will be contacted shortly via e-mail.

The winners of the English4Employability Competition:

Winner Country  UK school
Seda Bicici: "I am a PhD candidate. English is the language of the science. I want to be perfectly competent in using English for my work, academic career and relationships with people from different countries. I want to publish articles without receiving "poor English, needs to be edited", I want to apply jobs in other countries without fear of communication skills, I can think globally but I also need to express globally! Also, fundamental link between employer and employee is communication and this can only be provided with being good at English." Turkey University of Central Lancashire UCLan Language Academy 
Halis Subasi: "I want to be the change I wish to see in the world! I work voluntarily at a multicultural youth centre which is a part of an NGO. Our aim is to promote interaction between students and backpackers who come from all over the world, from various cultural backgrounds so that they can understand values and opinions of each other, and thus, they can live in a diverse society in harmony and peace. In order to achieve our goal, we need to use English so that we can communicate with people from various countries." Turkey University of Liverpool English Language Centre
Kristina Djordjevic: "I am on my way of becoming an English teacher; therefore, my job revolves around the English language. As a future teacher who will teach, instruct and guide the students, I firmly believe that the knowledge of English is essential for communication, business and travel. Moreover, learning English opens up the possibility to familiarize with a different culture, customs and tradition. By learning a new language, one learns about a new culture: the two are intertwined. The trip to the UK is an excellent opportunity to experience the English culture and therefore improve both speaking skills and teaching skills." Serbia Languages United
Azatuhi Khachatryan: "I have a long-standing dream to work as a BBC correspondent, as the working culture of BBC has always been an inspiration for me. I grew up in a remote, rural village where young people are deprived of many opportunities, including learning English. Now I study journalism at one of the leading Universities in Armenia and in my journey I realised that language is a huge barrier for me to reach my dream. I find this program as an exciting opportunity to reach my dream and be an example for young people like me to dare to dream." Armenia Languages United
Danara Kunanbayeva: "I would like to start my answer with a phrase - Employability as a Necessary Goal for Life Improvement and Sustainable Happiness - which defines the abbreviation like ENGLISH. As you see, the phrase itself explains the reason why do I need English for my employment. I firmly can state that only by having an excellent command of English, one may get a challenging and promising job full of strong development and promotion opportunities. Obviously, English is the only key to a successful and prosperous life which is a dream come true for every citizen of the globe." Kazakhstan International City College Brighton and Hove
Leisan Shavalieva: ""Every single time you help somebody stand up, you are helping humanity rise", is what public figure Steve Maraboli said and this is exactly what I feel in my heart and bear in my mind. Everybody wants to be significant in this world, make something of use and importance. As I can best combine my skills, interests and wishes I became an English teacher to help people communicate, find friends, a better job, learn more about cultures and places. Teachers should always develop their skills, so I’m very interested in reaching higher levels in speaking English." Russia Bloomsbury International UK Ltd
Fatos Grubi: "The reason why I feel it’s important that I learn English first hand is because I am going to become a certified teacher soon and I need as much help and practice as possible before I graduate and start teaching. I remember my own teacher and her flawless pronunciation, her great accent and I remember aspiring to become a teacher like her. My goal is to better myself along with my English-speaking skills so that I can offer a more authentic feel to my future students and motivate them to become even better English-speakers." Macedonia Nottingham Language Academy
Victoria Sopachova: "'PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT'. A Perfect Pedagogue is a Person who Persists in Progressing and Perfecting their Professional Potential. A Perfect ENGLISH Professor is a Person who is Proficient at English. I Presume that my Position of an English Professor Presupposes my Permanent Progress in English. This Presented Possibility to Pursue a course Pronouncedly Promotes my Professional Properties and Prospects. Particularly, it will Pave my Path to my Principal Purpose – to Procure a Piece of Paper called CPE. I hope I'll Prove to be a Perfect English Professor due to My Patience, Persistence, Practice and my Participation in this course." Ukraine Alpha Omega College

Runners-up

Runner-up Country Prize
Guram Kokaia: "The world is “A stage where every man must play a part”- and it is done in English. With English you have a chance to play the whole business drama. Without it only few scenes of it. English is a mandatory requirement of the most employers in Tbilisi, Georgia. For me English language is - source of communication, innovation, transformation, progress. My English language teachers at school were the most communicative, innovative, transformative teachers. They implemented interactive, innovative learning methods. English – enables self-education. English- develops competencies and raises the chance of hiring." Georgia LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Manuela Prifti: "S.O.S…Help free my ideas from isolation. I’m a new researcher in Social Science. I published my first paper where someone else helped me to translate it in English. It was successful and I have received invitation to write other papers. I need to learn English because I would like to work as a researcher, go out in the world, talk with different people, analyzing existing data to try to understand what is going on in society and why. All these processes of researching, I can’t do it without English. Learning English, will give my ideas a voice!" Albania LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Antoneta Jashari: "I study economy but also im cake decorator.Why I need English for my employment?! English after all is a language of business so.I need to improve it to make possible to take professional trainings in uk, collaboration with foreign business companies because i want to open my own business. I dream to be a part of Global enterprises to change not only my life but also a life of a lot of unemployed women in my country.English is a ticket I need to have a success!" Kosovo LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Ana Rudic: "Nelson Mandala once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Knowledge of English language is the weapon that I need for building my future career and reaching personal development. As a student of economics, I am aware that many global changes are often influenced by economic forces. English is the passport which will enable me to experience the journey through the changes. I need it because it will make me a global citizen who is able to share knowledge and compete for employment in international companies with other young professionals." Montenegro LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Darija Zecevic: "I work in a highschool in a very small town in Bosnia, where the children that I teach are concerned about their future life and think that it is quite difficult to achieve your goals if you live in a small place like this. I would like to improve my speaking skills and visit an English speaking area, because I've never been to one before, even though I am an English teacher. I think it would help me a lot in my work and it would show the children that everything is easy if you try hard enough." Bosnia and Herzegovina LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Mehman Bayramov: "It is obviously that today English is considered integral part of most occupations. There are plenty of areas in our country that require fluent English in a daily activity. From this point of view my profession demands to improve language skill and to get in touch with different organizations from various countries. Simultaneously, it gives me chance to alleviate issues and respond any foreign letters frequently. Broadly speaking, progression of English contributes me being promoted in work and creates more comfortable condition for my future." Azerbaijan LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Azizjon Asatov: "I am an air traffic controller, it is vitally important for me to know English since I am responsible for the flights safety – the safety of hundreds of people. Well-used English must serve as a base of operative understanding in radiotelephony communication between pilots and controllers. So I have to speak English fluently and listen carefully. Unfortunately, aviation history is rich of such situations where misuse and misunderstanding of English between the professionals of different nationalities led to fatal aircrashes. After all, an ATC who doesn’t know English is a like a bird without wings." Uzbekistan LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council
Yasmin Bakri: "We live in a multilingual world where there are thousands of languages. Among all the world languages, English has the most dominant and prestigious position. It is an international language which is spoken by a wide range of people. Additionally, English is the academic language par excellence in colleges and institutions of higher education. It is also an important passport for good employment and social recognition. Therefore, I work really hard to improve my English language proficiency and communication skills. For me English is a language of opportunity. It is my passion and my future." Israel LearnEnglish Pathways online course from British Council

The summer language courses are provided by

Chris Evans

Chris Evans began his career with the HofeshShechter Company, performing as one of its original members, and touring worldwide. During this time he also collaborated with Jonathan Lunn to devise Reading Rooms, a dance/text interplay working with Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Miranda Richardson.

He later joined Lost Dog Theatre Company, co-devising It Needs Horses which toured internationally and won the Bloomburg Place Prize Award for dance. Chris has now been a member of Gecko since 2011 and has worked on the creation of both Missing and Institute as well as touring both productions.

Chris still continues a creative relationship with HofeshShechter, joining him as Assistant Choreographer for The Metropolitan Opera’s new creation Two Boys which premiered in New York.

Chris continues an interest in film, having done numerous projects in motion capture and dance film and has worked with Eddie Izzard as a movement coach for a feature film.

Professor Barry O’Sullivan

SENIOR ADVISER, LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH GROUP | BRITISH COUNCIL

Professor O’Sullivan is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment and holds honorary and visiting chairs at the Universities of Reading and Roehampton in the UK and the University of Technology MARA (Kuala Lumpur) and at the University of Lisbon. His recent work includes the development and validation of a new business to business language test called Aptis. 

In 2016 Professor O’Sullivan was awarded fellowship of the Academy of Social Science.

Amit Lahav

Amit is the Artistic Director of Gecko and has created 6 critically-acclaimed shows; Taylor’s Dummies, The Race, The Arab and The Jew, The Overcoat, Missing, and Institute. All of the shows have toured nationally and internationally and Amit has performed in all 6 productions. In addition, Amit also created and performed in The Time of Your Life which was broadcast live on BBC4 in 2015 as part of the BBC’s On Stage Season.

Amit was born in Israel and trained as a physical theatre performer before working with several dance, visual and physical theatre pioneers, including Lindsay Kemp in his touring productions of Variété and Elizabeth, Steven Berkoff, Ken Campbell and David Glass in Unheimlich Spine, Off The Wall and Blue Remembered Hills and was a key member of Glass’s Lost Child Project working to create shows with disenfranchised children in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Italy, Laos, Thailand, England and Vietnam.

Over the years Amit has worked as a director, facilitator, writer and choreographer for numerous companies throughout the world. In recent years, Amit has mentored young artists and companies as they search for theatrical language.

Ryen Perkins‐Gangnes

Ryen Perkins-Gangnes has been working with Gecko since January 2012 helping to devise both Missing and Institute and touring both productions. He also appeared in The Time of Your Life live on BBC4 in November 2015.

He was a cast member in Paramount’s 2013 film World War Z, and worked closely with Oscar award winner Andy Jones and choreographer Alex Reynolds to create the movement language for the zombies in the film as movement specialist.

He worked with the Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs from 2003, and spent 2 years as Lea Anderson’s assistant. He has performed with numerous other companies and choreographers over the years, such as Gary Clarke, FraukeRequardt, and Fabulous Beast. He studied theatre at UC Davis, California and received 5 years compilation martial arts training under the tutelage of Grandmaster Suk Ku Kim.

François Testory

Born in the south of France, François Testory started his career as a dancer training at Mudra the Maurice Béjart School of Performing Arts. There he studied ballet with AzaryPlitsesky (brother of Maya Plissetskaia, Bolchoi) and Jose Pares of Ballet de Cuba, Graham Technique with Flora Cushman, and acting with AlfonsGoris and John and Joseph Blatchley.

He then joined the legendary Lindsay Kemp Company and soon became one of its principal members, and remains one of his collaborators to this day.

Now a freelance performer residing in London, he has appeared and collaborated in the creation of a diverse array of shows. He also performs in his own Cabaret show Empire, a song and dance consideration directed by Simon Vincezi, and is a member of the early music ensemble Grain de la Voix. He has released a CD, Sarrazine, with his French Electro accomplices.

He has choreographed Lindsay Kemp productions of Façade, Tales of Hoffman, Tour De Force Company’s Le Petit Prince, Dirty Stop Out’s Cabaret evenings and his own pieces: Spectre, Veiled and Of the Blood River.

Dr. Jamie Dunlea

SENIOR RESEARCHER, LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH GROUP | BRITISH COUNCIL

Dr Dunlea works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems designed and developed by the British Council. He also collaborates on projects with researchers and organisations internationally. He joined the British Council in 2013, and was previously Chief Researcher at the Eiken Foundation of Japan, a not-for-profit organization which develops and administers EFL examinations in Japan. He has 25 years of experience working in EFL education, first as a teacher, then in test development and production and assessment research.

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Aizhan Bekkulova

Aizhan Bekkulova, a prominent expert of handicraft arts and the intangible cultural heritage of Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Bekkulova has devoted the last 25 years of her life to the development of crafts in Kazakhstan. Since 2012, she serves as the chairman of the Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan as well as the vice president of the Asia-Pacific division of the World Craft Council for Central Asia.

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Dr. Victoria Clark

ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, EAST ASIA | BRITISH COUNCIL

Dr. Clark’s field of expertise is the assessment of English as a second/foreign language (EFL). She has published several books on GEPT test preparation and has presented in conferences around the world. She worked as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer before specialising in language assessment. Her research interests include performance-based testing, teaching and assessing writing, validity of speaking tests, and task complexity.

Ikram Rafikov

My father had a profound influence on me. When I was a high school student, he would ask me who I wanted to become when I grow up. I had different answers back then: a photographer, a doctor, then something else… But after I finished the school, my father offered to introduce me to his friend from the Art Foundation who was engaged in jewellery making, so that I could learn this craft too. So, Abdulla Nauruzbayev, my father’s friend, became my teacher. 

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