With a population of over 750,000 the Greensboro metro area is the third-largest one in North Carolina. Of that population, 295,000 people live in Greensboro itself. That’s up from 269,000 in 2010. About 10% of Greensboro’s population is foreign born.
As Greensboro grows, many of its residents work in the healthcare industry. The Cone Health hospital network is a major employer. High Point Regional UNC Health Care and United Health Care also bring many jobs to the Greensboro area.
But healthcare isn’t the only major player in the Greensboro region’s economy. Volvo Trucks North America has its headquarters in Greensboro. The financial services firm BB&T has customer service employees in Greensboro.
Greensboro is also known for being a college town. The largest institute of higher education in the area is the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. International students make up about 3.3% of UNCG’s student body. Other colleges and universities in the Greensboro area include Bennett College, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Companies that bring international expats to Greensboro, or that hire from among the area’s foreign-born residents, should offer English language training. This will help employees who speak English as a second language be more productive and collaborate more smoothly with their colleagues. English language training will also help them feel a part of the Greensboro community, which reduces the chance of costly failed international relocations.
Since there’s so much riding on the language training program your company selects, this is a choice you want to make carefully. Consistently, the kind of language training that really pays off pairs the employees you are training with live, in-person instructors. Personalized instruction makes sure your employees will learn what they really need in order to use their second language for business. It also ensures that your employees won’t waste time learning vocabulary they don’t need for their jobs.
Throughout the Greensboro area, Fluency Corp offers onsite language training with a live instructor. Do you need to offer language training for employees with scheduling challenges? Check out our online language instruction, also with live instructors.
If you’re relocating employees from overseas to the Greensboro area, Fluency Corp language instructors also address concerns to help your employees feel at home faster. They can answer questions about topics like the best places to live in the Greensboro area, how the local schools work and things to do for fun in Greensboro.