Bilingual Training Program Launched in El Salvador

With the growing demand for bilingual staff, private organizations and government agencies have created a program entitled "English Training for Call Centers".

Friday, December 9, 2011

The project, by nature public / private, aims to bring some 400 new employees who are bilingual in English / Spanish into the job market .

The growth of the call center industry has been maintained since 2005 at a rate of 29% per annum despite the lack of qualified bilingual staff. Guillermo Valiente, general manager of Transactel, said his company employs about 120 people a month, a task that is "a challenge". Companies like Transactel hire an average of 120 people per month and faster growth of the sector is expected for next year .

"To overcome this obstacle, representatives from several companies from this category met with international co-operation organizations and government agencies. The English Training for Call Centers’ program was created within this public-private partnership”. This will broaden the base of candidates with the necessary skills that their customers want", published

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