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The British Council to provide training for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 volunteers

8 August 2015

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition initiated a volunteer recruitment programme, which then selected 800 people to join the team working at the Competition from 11-16 August, in São Paulo. To make the volunteers´ work easier - with over 1,150 Competitors and approximately 200,000 visitors - the British Council agreed to provide English language proficiency assessment and subsequent training for those who need either basic English, or would like to improve their English.

The partnership between WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 and the British Council demonstrates the importance of the Competition for Brazil´s strategic literacy agenda, and demonstrates that volunteerism is becoming a stronger trend in Brazil. The volunteer team working at the Competition from 8-16 August will help welcome and guide Delegations from other countries and regions and primary and high school students from local schools during their visits to Anhembi Park. Volunteers will be available to provide general information about the Competition, to answer questions about the skills and activities, and to organize people in restaurants.

The language courses are dynamic and utilize the experience provided by the British Council's presence in more than 100 countries. The training programme includes the use of highly qualified “e-monitors”, trained to deliver the monitoring methodology, and to motivate learners to achieve the best online course results. All e-monitors have international certification, and specific training in implementing the online model.

The British Council is a global organization from the United Kingdom. Their mission is spreading the English language throughout the world, to build cultural and educational relationships between the United Kingdom and other countries. The language classes seek to provide students with a language perspective and ability to use the language in real situations, so students can learn to communicate efficiently. The Council has over 80 years of experience teaching English, and the necessary know-how to design custom courses that meet specific needs - like WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

Nina Coutinho, the English language Director at British Council Brazil, believes the partnership with the WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 Competition Organizer will be fun and gratifying. "We are happy to have our brand present at an event with such unique characteristics, focused precisely on promoting integration among people from different cultures, one of the British Council´s missions. Providing WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 volunteers with an opportunity to improve their English so they can interact with participants from all over the world, is very meaningful and satisfying. We are honoured to have been chosen for this task, which is so important and gratifying for our team. We believe WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 will permanently transform participants, and we will help enrich this experience. "

Frederico Lamego, the WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 CEO, mentioned, "we believe that investing in our volunteers means welcoming our Competitors and visitors a lot better. With the British Council's English course, we hope our 800 volunteers will be ready to appropriately greet and guide all of the foreign and national visitors around Anhembi Park. We believe this partnership will be successful."

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