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Welsh economy is losing millions of pounds because of poor language skills

The British Council in Wales says poor language skills are costing the Welsh economy millions of pounds a year.

The organisation aims to promote Wales internationally and are worried by the number of students learning modern foreign languages.

This year saw a "substantial" reduction in students taking French and Spanish A Levels, whilst a recent report on languages in Wales found that more than two thirds of schools have less than 25% of pupils studying modern foreign languages at GCSE.

Megan Boot has been taking a look at the issue:

The Welsh Government says it works closely with schools, language institutes and universities to address the issue:

We are funding a five year plan which aims to increase the number of young people choosing to study modern foreign languages at GCSE and A level. This plan, which is only into its first year, includes our ambition for every learner in Wales to study English, Welsh and at least one modern foreign language from year five onwards.

– Welsh Government spokesperson