ABLS looks beyond the UK

June 06, 2013


The Association of British Language Schools (ABLS) has announced initiatives including a new Associate Member category for overseas schools and other companies working within the language travel sector.


The Associate Member scheme is offered to accredited EFL schools based in other English-speaking countries as well as organisations working within the sector, such as insurance providers, airport transfer specialists and payment solution companies.

ABLS is offering Associate Members exposure at industry events, direct links on the ABLS website and the right to use the association logo.

Ben Whittaker, Committee Chair at ABLS, said, “Concrete benefits include preferential rates on advertising and trade fairs, and also on goods and services provided by our corporate members. Less tangible, but of huge importance, is the opportunity to attend workshops and networking events, and to be able to call on the professional expertise and experience of fellow members.”

Whittaker said the associate membership scheme was developed due to industry interest. “In response to enquiries from fellow attendees at international events such as the Alphe and ICEF workshops, there is an indication that organisations appreciating the ethos of ABLS would like to become associated and we have taken this 'on board'.”

ABLS, celebrating its 20th anniversary of representing privately owned language schools in 2013, has also established the Above and Beyond training programme in association with the Accreditation Body for Language Services, with topics including Health & Safety and Risk Management, Child Protection, Syllabus Design and Working with Agents.

The association has also launched a new online Members’ Forum, providing a platform for “school owners, managers and senior academic staff to share experiences, find solutions to problems, and to offer each other support in what can be a challenging business environment”.

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