Tailor-made English at Volvo
Since 1927, Volvo Car Corporation has been dedicated to safety and innovation. Today, Volvo has production centers all over the world and sells cars in more than 100 countries. Volvo Cars was concerned with creating relevant language-training courses for their employees. They wanted a language training provider who could teach them the language of their industry and provide a tailor-made program that would cater to all levels of staff and language level.
EF Corporate Language Training worked with Volvo Cars to create learning targets for all students in order to ensure no over-or-under learning. Students were then segmented into groups based on needs and level. This segmentation helped identify the best type of training for each employee. Volvo uses different EF Corporate language training products to meet different needs.
Top managers with an immediate need are sent abroad to EF's Executive Institutes to participate in full immersion courses, or they receive 1-1 private in-company training at Volvo facilities. Specialists are given focused group training. In order to ensure that course material is relevant to all, groups are created by taking into account the need and level of the students. Online training is given to those who need a more flexible language learning program, such as those who travel often.
EF teaches "Volvo English," or classes specifically tailored to meet the exact training needs of Volvo employees. Employees often bring materials from their jobs into the classroom. A class might cover specific industry vocabulary, practicing a presentation in English or writing emails. EF teachers are adept at adapting industry specific language and materials to the classroom.