Case Study 1
A Large Swiss International Bank
IT, banking and English skills go hand in hand. Back in 2004, a handful of high level IT managers, who had devoted most of their career to their employer, needed to prove they could handle the growing international need to work effectively in English.
With 100% financial backing by their department, the managers were granted 9 months of 2.5 hour classes to prepare for the Cambridge BEC Vantage examination. The students’ attendance, homework completion rate and progress were reported on a monthly basis to Management. They were expected to complete 2-3 hours worth of homework per week. At the end of the 9-month period, all students passed the examination.
Subsequently, more examination preparation courses were established and the offer was expanded within the company to managers from various departments based at several in-house locations. Course times were shortened to 1.5 hours per week and lengthened to two years. Students continued to obtain successful results.
Case Study 2
A B2B Swiss Market Leader Distributor
When a well-established Swiss family-owned business known for its entrepreneurialism was sold to a larger international French family-owned company, the English language became an important communication tool during and after the acquisition. It was at this time, the decision to offer English lessons to staff members was made.
English lessons were just a part of a very smooth transition organized by Management which resulted in a very low staff turnover rate, which based on previous acquisitions made by the French parent company, was highly unexpected.
Employees became excited about potential inter-country transfers and were eager to improve their English. Courses from beginner to advanced levels have been offered ever since.
Over the years, key account managers in charge of international business have been encouraged to pass certificate exams while office support members are expected to attend at least 70% of the course and contribute to course costs. An attendance certificate is issued to those students who honor their obligations.
Work-life balance is important to the culture of this company while quality training and informal testing are also vital in ensuring progress.
Case Study 3
The Motivated Private Student
The Boston School has had the pleasure to serve many private students who have needed to improve their English rapidly. University students enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program may need support in writing their thesis, for example, or an ambitious employee may be looking to improve their English due to a recent or upcoming job promotion. We have happily assisted.
With a specific goal in mind, these students are willing to pay for their own courses when the company is not. Course fees are discounted for such students and courses are offered either at their home or, upon approval of their employer, at their office.
These students reach their goals in a short time, while their confidence grows. They soon no longer need English lessons after having accomplished their self-determined goals.
Sometimes years later, when they are preparing to reach another important goal, they return to The Boston School yet again. It is wonderful to be able to lend a hand at such important times in their lives and play a role in their achievements.