The AirAsia announced that they are making it compulsory for all the new applicants for positions such as flight attendants to sit for the TOEIC® tests, which is recognized as a global English test standard. “We have always insisted on a good standard of English but now, we have this global standard which ensures that the same high level is maintained throughout the countries,”Mr. Adzhar Ibrahim, the human resources manager of AirAsia, explained.
“As the job involves highly technical procedures, good listening and understanding ability are essential,” Adzhar said.”Our flight attendants need to have the essential qualities to project a positive image and maintain the significance of our brand,” he added.
For more than 30 years the TOEIC® tests (“Test of English for International Communication”) has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC tests, including the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test and the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests are used by more than 10,000 businesses, organizations and government agencies in 120 countries. In 2010, more than 6,000,000 TOEIC® tests were administered worldwide, establishing the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For example, the U.K. Border Agency recently announced that persons from around the world wishing to work, study, or settle in the United Kingdom may use the TOEIC® test to demonstrate their English proficiency for all visas under the United Kingdom points-based system.
New AirAsia applicants to sit for language proficiency test (May 8, 2012). The Star Online. Retrieved May 14, 2012 from http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/8/nation/11249840&sec=nation