Tungsram helps high schoolers pass English exams


Last year, 36 high school students managed to successfully pass the EuroPro B2 business English language exam with the help of Tungsram始s Future Talents program, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The opening ceremony in Budapest

This year, almost 100 students from five schools are starting Tungsram始s course, which also familiarizes them with the operation of the Hungarian brand始s factories, and how business life works. The opening ceremony for the season was held in Budapest last weekend.

The program was initially launched by GE Lighting in April 2017, and Tungsram decided to commit to the initiative after taking over the company this year. The Future Talents program is now underway in schools in Zalaegerszeg, Nagykanizsa, 脷jpest (Budapest始s District 4), Hajd煤b枚sz枚rm茅ny, and Kisv谩rda. All 36 participants passed their exams last year.

"If you do not understand what I始m saying, then you know what you still have to learn," Tungsram Group President and CEO J枚rg Bauer said at the opening ceremony, in English. The event was held in the gym room of the company始s V谩ci 煤t headquarters, with more than 100 guests, both students and teachers, participating.

"Someone can be the world始s best expert, but if he cannot communicate with partners, colleagues, and bosses, his knowledge is worth nothing. Here at Tungsram, we始re competing on the world market, and without speaking English, we would not be able to sell our products," Bauer added.

"Future Talents does not only support you in mastering business English at the appropriate level, but also in getting information about career opportunities, and the world of work that will help in navigating through the competitive sphere," Bauer explained. He also advised students to constantly improve their IT knowledge, as this will greatly support their career, no matter which vocational area they choose in the future.

Future Talents courses are held once a month, all day Friday and Saturday morning, at the local Tungsram factory. Besides English lessons, students also study how to make presentations, and simulate interviews and other workplace situations which will come in handy later on in their career. They also learn how individual factory units function, and what employees始 work entails. At the end of the program, in December 2019, they have the opportunity to take a business language exam.

According to the experience of school heads and teachers, the students are always motivated, and their English knowledge improves after a few occasions, they communicate with more confidence, learn how to make presentations, and are no longer afraid to face an audience.

At the opening ceremony of this year始s Future Talents program, students had the opportunity to explore Tungsram始s central factory unit in 脷jpest, at V谩ci 煤t 77, also participating in a quiz about the company始s history.


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