SIG WIder Engagement Network (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board


Following a manifesto commitment in September 2011, the Government set up a Languages Working Group (LWG) to consider how to deliver a ‘1+2’ languages model, whereby children are able to learn two additional languages in addition to their mother tongue by 2020. The LWG recommended that a Strategic Implementation Group (SIG) be established to develop an engagement strategy and oversee delivery of the 1+2 policy commitment.

In January 2016 the members of this SIG (Education) agreed that a successful language policy in schools is necessary but is not sufficient to ensure sustained implementation of languages. As a result, a second group called the SIG Wider Engagement Network was created to take forward some of the actions concerning direct engagement with employers and industry, further and higher education, and community partners.

Attitudes to and perceptions about learning a language need to change in society as a whole. All stakeholders need to be convinced of the necessity and benefits of language learning for the individual and for Scotland’s economy and standing in the world. The SIG Wider Engagement Network aims to change attitudes towards languages in wider society.

This includes key issues such as, but not limited to:

Promoting life-long language learning in all educational establishments (from early years to degree level) and within the workplace
Endorsing language and culture as key skills to grow the Scottish economy, increase trade and exporting, and enhance the future prosperity of Scotland and our influence in the world
Raising awareness of opportunities for and value of international mobility and experiences
Promoting the significance of intercultural competences
Developing a shared commitment to supporting employers and industry to engage with languages
Recognising the important role that charities and community groups play in supporting language learning, including maintenance of mother tongue, heritage and minority languages

Members included:
SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages
University Council of Modern Languages Scotland (UCMLS)
Institut Français en Ecosse
Bilingualism Matters
Scottish Development International (SDI) Education Team
Dick Philbrick, Managing Director, Clansman Dynamics
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Anne MacColl, International business and economic development expert)
Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI)
Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
Scottish Chambers of Commerce Limited
British Council Scotland
University of Glasgow
Lingo Flamingo
The Goethe Institut
The Spanish Embassy Education Office – la Consejería de Educación
City of Glasgow College
National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS)
Edinburgh University Careers Service
Period1 Aug 201631 Jul 2019
Held atSIG WIder Engagement Network, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational