Awards for hard-working staff in Peterborough who broke through the language barrier

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Four employees at a Peterborough company have successfully completed a course which has improved their understanding and use of the English language.

The distribution centre staff work for medical devices company Coloplast, in Orton Southgate, and have completed an ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) course.

Communicating in a language which is not your own is difficult.

Sam Sedwell, human resources director

The 12-week course helps people to improve their English speaking, reading and writing.

Much of the work was assignment-based which the employees completed in their own time.

The employees who received ESOL award certificates were Simona Rackauskaite, Virginija Karpaviciene, Marianna Narai and Martins Kurins.

Presenting their ESOL certificates, manager Arif Karim said: “You have used your spare time to read, write, speak and understand the English language better.

“That is something which Coloplast wholeheartedly supports.”

Human resources director Sam Sedwill said: “At Coloplast we support all our staff who want to learn more and develop their existing skills.

“Communicating in a language which is not your own is difficult and we know how hard those achieving this award have worked.

“We applaud their determination and are delighted to congratulate them on their success and to present them with their certificates.

“Being able to read paperwork and company notices and to understand what people are saying inside and outside work is important, plus it is so much easier to build work and personal relationships if we all talk and share the same language.”

Coloplast has been included in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For and has won awards for people development.