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In mid-March we hurriedly closed down the institute in connection with the measures taken around COVID-19. That very same week, a group of colleagues put their heads together virtually to come up with a solution for the weeks to come, and within one week we’d switched over completely to online lessons! And that was appreciated.
Regina Coeli has been open again for course members since the beginning of June. Anyone who has ever been to our institute cannot help but notice how quiet it is now in the building, although there are course members and language trainers present. This is of course because of all the measures we have had to take with respect to the coronavirus. The 1.5 metre rule limits the number of course members we are able to welcome to our institute. However, this is certainly not a disadvantage as far as our course members are concerned!
The Regina Coeli team is getting ready to re-open its doors, and course members are welcome as from Sunday, 7 June. With the necessary guidelines and protocols in place, Regina Coeli will be giving language training courses again at the institute in Vught. At the same time, it will continue to offer online language training courses.
For a number of weeks now, it has only been possible to have online lessons with our language trainers at Regina Coeli. The coronavirus forced us to close our doors on 16 March. However, in no time at all, we have managed to get online lessons up and running, which means that you can now learn in the comfort of your own home, albeit at a more leisurely pace. Afterall, lessons via a computer screen can hardly be compared with inhouse lessons at our institute. It was certainly worth the effort because apparently there are many people who are keen to learn a language, even in these circumstances.
As a professional, you know that continuing professional development is a must. Many Dutch collective labour agreements contain agreements on personal training budgets for employees. This means that you can request that your employer fund training or education. Research has shown that at least 40% of the time, individual training budgets go unused and simply expire at the end of the year. If you work for a Dutch company, make sure you reap the benefits of your training budget.
More and more employers are looking for employees who speak Chinese. Job vacancy site Indeed recently concluded this based on research they carried out in August 2019. Indeed compared the required language skills listed in Dutch vacancies with those from the previous year and saw a skyrocketing rise in demand—nearly 70%—for knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin).