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Transguard extends its staff library initiative

Company has 13 libraries at its staff accommodation facilities

Transguard employees at one of the company's 13 libraries in its staff accommodation.
Transguard employees at one of the company's 13 libraries in its staff accommodation.

Dubai-based business support services company, Transguard Group, which has had extensive libraries at its staff accommodation facilities for more than a year now, is now offering libraries to other companies in the region for free through the Transguard Training Academy.

The initiative, which was set up by Gillian Cramb, head of English at the Transguard Academy, now boasts of 13 libraries, each with over 1,000 books.

Cramb said: “It's a great way to improve literacy skills amongst expatriate workers, and we are willing to offer free libraries to other companies that are keen to help their employees improve their English language skills.”

Cramb said that if a company can provide the space and the bookshelves, Transguard will deliver the books.

“We are extremely grateful to the second-hand book chain, The House of Prose, which very generously donates surplus books to us on a regular basis, and we would really like to share their generosity with any other companies keen to provide libraries for their employees,” Cramb said.

Transguard's English language training initiative, which offers a choice of 22 proficiency courses from basic English to more advanced studies, witnessed almost 250 employees pass their literacy exam in 2013 and hopes to improve on that number this year.

All new staff members at Transguard are tested for English language proficiency, and those who excel are encouraged to take a Cambridge University English exam to attain the internationally recognised IELTS certification.

"Our library facilities and language courses are incredibly popular with employees of all nationalities,” Cramb said. “Last year, we had an amazing response when we introduced a book review competition.”

Any company with accommodation facilities in the region that is interested in starting a free library for their employees should email speak.english@transguardgroup.net.

 

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