Certificate of Offshore Proficiency in English

We have developed and licensed the Certificate of Offshore Proficiency in English (COPE) to meet the need of the offshore oil and gas sector to ensure crew are proficient in English for their jobs, for safety and for relationships while working offshore.

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Available exclusively from Levant Education and accredited partners, our BOSIET certified team can deliver the exam offshore/onboard or remotely, anywhere in the world. We also provide preparation courses where required, to train crew from beginner to intermediate levels.

As well as General English, we provide training and examinations in English for Deck crew, Drilling crew and Maintenance crew, the 3 main departments working offshore on rigs, semi-submersibles, and drillships.

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The Certificate covers English communication skills and vocational knowledge, and is available for 3 levels:

  • COPE Essentials (A1 Beginners)
  • COPE 1 (CEFR A2) (Offshore)
  • COPE 2 (CEFR B1) (Drilling/Marine/Maintenance)
  • COPE 3 (CEFR B2) (Drilling/Marine/Maintenance)
  • COPE 4 (CEFR C1) (Drilling/Marine/Maintenance)

Courses and exams are available offshore/onboard, in our centres or online using Zoom Meetings for 1 to 1 or small groups. Exams are provided securely and are different every time. There is a speaking component that uses video and Zoom to our in-house, experienced examiners (if the test is taken remotely).

Contact us for further details!

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Offshore crew prepare for COPE exams in Baku

English Placement Test

 

‘Brexit’ British unis lose out in Azerbaijan Scholarship programme

The government of Azerbaijan has announced a new postgraduate scholarship programme, to be jointly run under the administration of Azerbaijan Youth Foundation (Masters) and the Ministry of Education (PhD’s).

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Levant Education have organised high level education exhibitions in Azerbaijan since 2012. 

While this is good news for talented undergraduates aiming to continue their academic career abroad, the announcement is not all good news for foreign universities.

The UK, traditionally the favourite destination for Azerbaijani students, has seen the number of ‘approved’ universities reduced to just 11, compared to around 40 the last time the government ran a similar programme. The eleven universities approved to receive Azerbaijani sponsored students are:

1. Imperial College London 2. King’s College London 3. London School of Economics and Political Science 4. UCL 5. University of Bristol 6. University of Cambridge 7. University of Edinburgh 8. University of Glasgow 9. University of Manchester 10. University of Oxford 11. University of Warwick

Impending exit of the UK from the European Union, and the high cost of courses, will no doubt be factors to have affected the thinking of the Ministry, in this pro-European former Soviet state. European universities featured on the list include 44 from Germany, 32 from Italy and 21 from France.

Speaking from Baku, David Mitchell of Levent Education said, “The previous scholarship programme of the Ministry of Education enabled hundreds of talented young Azerbaijanis to achieve their academic ambitions abroad and return to begin their careers. The suspension of that programme saw numbers of students studying abroad plummet. We expect interest and applications to increase back to 2013 levels.”

To receive details of the approved subjects, institutions and exhibition dates, complete the quick form below:

 

Recruit in Azerbaijan Autumn 2019

With the announcement of the return of Ministry scholarships for Postgraduate study abroad, now is the time to book your trip to Baku for our annual Study Abroad Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel, Baku: 18 & 19 October 2019.


Master level scholarships will be provided under the administration of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, while PhD scholarships will be administered through the Ministry of Education. Click here for a list of priority PG subjects. Azerbaijan also sends thousands of self-funded students to HE institutions around the world every year.

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I thought the event was very well run and the quality of the prospective students I met was mostly very high. There also seemed to be a good number of attendees.” Dan Newby, London School of Economics

There is a choice of exhibitions to attend in this excellent market for bright young students; we have been running successful exhibitions in Baku since 2012, finding the ideal balance between quantity of visitors and quality of enquiries.

On Friday 18th October we will be visiting the Ministry of Education to discuss the scholarship goals and parameters. We will also be visiting High Schools with a track record of preparing students for international Higher Education.

To reserve your place, complete the pre-registration form now:

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Inspiring Teachers in Baku

Levant Education and local partners put together a day of training for experienced language teachers in Baku in June.

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Thom Jones came into Baku to deliver his unique brand of entertaining, motivational and insightful training, supported by Levant Education local office Manager Khayala Pashayeva and local partner school Linguist.

Owner / Director of Linguist Language Training School Nazrin Mammadova said after the event, “The sessions were really interesting and really productive for local teachers. I received very positive feedback from the teachers and what is more we now have greater demand for a similar event in the future”.

The workshop covered intercultural communication and explored the themes of technology, resources, 21st century skills, ingrained responses, relevance and learner (and teacher) motivation.

XayalaKhayala Pashayeva lead a session on social media and the classroom, and subjects also included the ‘fallacy of the native speaker’ and preparing students for international language exams.

According to one of the trainees, an experienced teacher, “Thom was very interesting person who was able to encourage me to start a new teacher training course for next year. I really saw myself in him!”

Thanks to Thom, Khayala, Nazrin and sponsors Kings Education – a great collaboration in the service of teacher training and a launchpad for future events.

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Azerbaijan Study Abroad Scholarships Return

The Azerbaijan government has announced the return of state funding and scholarships for Master and PhD programmes.

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Master level scholarships will be provided under the administration of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, while PhD scholarships will be administered through the Ministry of Education.

Levant Education will once again be holding its Study Abroad Education Exhibition in Baku in the Autumn, as it has since 2011.  For details about the scholarship and the exhibition please complete the quick form below.

Prioritised specialties for the education of the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan at PhD level have been defined as follows:

Subject specialties:

1.1. Mathematics

1.2. Mechanics

1.3. Astronomy

1.4. Physics

1.5. Chemistry

1.6. Biological sciences

1.7. Earth sciences

1.8. Geography

  1. Agricultural specialties direction:

2.1. Agrarian sciences

  1. The direction of health and welfare specialties:

3.1. Medical sciences

3.2. Pharmaceutical sciences

3.3. Health management.

  1. Direction of technical and technological specialties:

4.1. Technical sciences

  1. Direction of economics and management specialties:

5.1. Economics sciences.

  1. Directions of education:

6.1. Pedagogy

6.2. Psychology

6.3. Education management.

  1. Humanitarian and social specialties:

7.1.History

7.2. Sociology

7.3. Law / legal sciences.

Complete the form for more details about the scholarships and the Exhibition in the Autumn:

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Career and Vocational Language Training

Based in Istanbul, our Language Training Division provides specialist training to a range of industries, from Fashion to Hospitality, Logistics to Oil & Gas.

Some of the sectors serviced by our Language Training Division include:

Oil & Gas Exploration

Levant Education has developed a specialism in onshore and offshore language training, delivering vocational English and Turkish language training to employees in the oil & gas sector. On site training is combined with online training using Zoom Meetings, and workers are benchmarked against international standards with the Certificate of Offshore and Proficiency in English (COPE) which is calibrated to different jobs and roles in the sector. 

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Interior Design

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We provide tailor made programmes for global interior design and furnishings leaders, assisting local staff to work with their colleagues around the world.

 

 


Logistics

Arkas Holdings is a leading logistics company providing rapid, reliable, high-quality and profit-making logistics services for its regional customers, using its own facilities and equipment. Levant Education delivered a lengthy contract to train the international HR division of this important logistics and shipping company, based in Istanbul.

Hospitality

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Levant Education provides language training to some of the most prestigious names in hospitality in Istanbul. We proudly help these brands maintain international standards of communication and excellence.

Fashion and Theatre

Levant Education’s Regional Office in Istanbul is situated in fashionable Nisantasi, the destination for luxury brands and fashionable boutiques. We have had the good fortune to coach leading figures from the arts and fashion worlds, including top fashion designer Neslisah Yilmaz and theatre actress Dilek Turker.

IELTS and Legal English Exams

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Levant Education has many years experience preparing students as well as placing them on study programmes abroad. We specialise in IELTS training, Pearson Academic Test and Legal English Preparation leading to TOLES exams.

Teacher Training

We have provided Teacher Training from our Istanbul base, as well as travelling to Azerbaijan and Iran. International teacher trainers with expertise in teaching methodology and education management skills are available for tailor made packages for your school or organisation.

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Ireland HE Workshop Istanbul

Last Friday Levant Education teamed up with Enterprise Ireland and Dublin International Foundation College to provide an agent training workshop focussing on Higher Education opportunities in Ireland.

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Director of Enterprise Ireland, Turkey branch, Nil Misirli, and David Mitchell lead the workshop sessions on HE programmes, key selling points and visa applications.

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Ireland as a destination for HE students, as well as a delicious Irish lunch.

With the number of Turkish students learning English in Ireland having increased significantly in recent years, knowledge about and awareness of Ireland generally is evident. This helps education counsellors to recommend Ireland to students looking for UG and PG courses also. Students in Turkey typically look to agencies and word of mouth for information about university options abroad.

Canan Yucal, from HIT international education, said after the event, “The workshop was extremely helpful for me. I realised that I did not have enough information about Ireland and I also understood that the Irish Embassy is helpful when it comes to visas”.

I will now advise clients to consider Ireland as an alternative to Canada and other markets”.

 

Dublin College Establishes Istanbul Regional Office

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) has tied up with Levant Education to establish a Regional Office in Istanbul serving Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. 

Levant Education announced its Higher Education Regional Office (HEROservice last year, and with a number of clients interested in the model, DIFC has become the first to put pen to paper.

“Higher Education recruitment is an intensive and complex activity requiring local market knowledge”, David Mitchell, Levant Education Founding Director explained, “so having an office and dedicated team on the ground will vastly improve DIFC’s ability to service agents and students in this region.”

Ireland has seen a significant increase in the number of language students from Turkey, and factors including EU membership, post-study work visas, quality and value money make studying at university in Ireland an attractive option for international students.

The Levant Education service provides partners with a Product Manager in-country, working from the Istanbul office and able to manage agent support and marketing campaigns locally, in local languages. The Product Manager is trained in close liaison with the partner, works to recruitment targets and reports to the HERO Director and the HERO client college.

DIFC offers foundation programmes in Dublin and Cork, working closely with Irish HEI’s as well as UK universities through its provision of NCUK programmes. Students studying Health Sciences, Business & Management, Engineering & Technology, and Sciences at DIFC have gone on to study at top universities in Ireland, the UK and globally, and are guaranteed to progress upon successful completion of the programme.

“The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region”

President of DIFC Diarmuid Moroney is enthusiastic about the link up: “The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region in the coming years, as DIFC focusses on expansion from its Dublin base, to new campuses in Cork and Galway.”

White Labelling Student Recruitment

The service reflects a growing trend in Higher Education recruitment, as skilled third parties provide marketing and recruitment services ‘white labelled’ for HE providers. Briefly, white labelling means a product or service that is outsourced to a contracted company but presented to the market by the established brand. In the UK, Uniquest has developed a white label service to boost onshore university enrolment, while Study Group have begun offering white labelled enquiry conversion in partnership with THES university rankings.

Visitors to DIFC’s website from Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan will be directed to contact the Istanbul Regional Office, which is outsourced to Levant Education.

DIFC’s HERO in Istanbul has begun 2018 building an agent network, training counsellors on product and visa matters, and promoting study in Ireland.

# Levant Education has been providing education marketing and recruitment consultancy since 2009, focussing on Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan

# Dublin International Foundation College is Ireland’s leading HE preparation college for international students since 199. DIFC has placed over 1,000 students onto graduate and postgraduate courses in partner universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK.

Contacts

DIFC Nerilie Duffy Nerilie@difc.ie +353 45 866 671

DIFC Regional Office Istanbul istanbul@difc.ie  +90 212 231 2543

Study Abroad Agency EnquiriesLeila Esmaeili  +90 212 231 2543

Levant Education david.mitchell@levanteducation.com +90 212 231 2543

Azerbaijan Mission Autumn 2018

Baku September 28,29  

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Azerbaijan continues to be a great market for excellent students at UG and PG level. We have 6 years experience in running targeted events, so you can be sure of a reasonable cost, high return mission:

  • International High School Workshop (In-school)
  • Recruitment Exhibition (Hotel)
  • Local visits

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We invite HE and HE Pathway providers to join us in Baku for Higher Education focussed recruitment sessions and meetings. There will be time also for your own private meeting scheduling.

This is the ideal mission and event for those seeking to attract focussed prospective students for 2019. Previous and regular exhibitors include University of Manchester, UCL, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Aberdeen, University of Warwick, University of Edinburgh, Kings College London and other top HE, Foundation / A Level providers.

Registration Deadline: August 31 2018

Register your interest now to receive itinerary and fees!

Enterprise Ireland Mission Tehran

Levant Education had the pleasure of accompanying Enterprise Ireland and Irish education providers to Tehran in November to look at opportunities for future business from Iran.

With political tensions affecting relations between Iran and other English speaking destinations, Ireland represents an excellent option for Iranians considering studying language or at university abroad.

iran_ei_workshopCurrently numbers of Iranians studying in Ireland is relatively small compared to other nationalities, however with marketing efforts improving and greater awareness of Ireland as a study destination, Iran has the potential to become a top 10 source market for Irish universities.

Factors driving demand for study abroad in Iran include limited local capacity, career development, business needs, and assisting the country to rejoin the international community. Ireland offers a safe environment, is an EU member country, is English speaking, has no record of interference in Iranian political or economic affairs, and offers courses that are on average 30% cheaper than those in the UK.

Importantly for international students graduating in Ireland, post-study work visas are offered after UG (12 months) and PG (24 months) courses. With Ireland home to dozens of international businesses and multinational corporations – and many more moving to Ireland as the UK exits the EU – career development opportunities will be a key pull-factor for international students deciding on where to attend university.

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How is Dublin International Foundation College working with Levant Education to improve its recruitment from Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan?