Colleagues learn Danish at work

Many Troldtekt employees come from non-Danish ethnic backgrounds.

We make a priority of offering Danish lessons to those for whom Danish is not their mother tongue.

Colleagues learn Danish at work | Troldtekt

Several of our employees working in production in Troldhede have moved to Denmark from abroad, and even though many of them had a basic knowledge of Danish before they were employed, we are focusing on giving them a chance to upgrade their language skills. We are therefore offering Danish lessons to colleagues for whom Danish is not their native language.

“We have had employees who only wanted to speak English. We can certainly get by with this, but we would much prefer it if everyone spoke Danish. It helps to minimize the number of misunderstandings between colleagues, and it strengthens the sense of togetherness,” says Steen Nielsen, who is a shop steward at Troldtekt A/S.

Investing in our employees

In 2019, Troldtekt decided to start offering Danish lessons during working hours, as an investment in our employees – and to help retain talented workers.

Shan Manikkam, from Sri Lanka, who has worked at Troldtekt for many years, says that he can now combine his work with his interest in learning more Danish. It means that he can better understand what is being said in the media and avoid misunderstandings in his everyday life.
“I’ve always told my boss that I want to be good at communicating. I speak Danish at work, but also when I shop and when I’m talking to my children,” he says.

Danish lessons are held each week on Troldtekt’s premises. The teaching is differentiated and flexible and offered to everybody on the same terms.

Good opportunities for upgrading skills

On the initiative of the works council at Troldtekt, we are offering production employees the opportunity to attend a supplementary training programme of their choice. This is happening in cooperation with ‘KompetenceGruppen’ at the Municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern.

In late 2018/early 2019, all hourly paid workers were offered an interview with the municipality’s consultants to clarify their training needs and wishes. Subsequently, in consultation with the municipality, we have drawn up a catalogue of possible training courses that our colleagues can attend.