Business Training and Business English in Edinburgh


Specialised courses to support business corporations, industry and government institutions
English for Business


ELA Business offers a series of specialised courses to support business corporations, industry and government institutions.

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They include: 

  • English for the Banking; Financial Sector
  • Finance for non-Financial Managers – in English 
  • English for the Energy Sector
  • Engineering English
  • Aviation English for Pilots & Air Traffic Controllers
  • English for Tourism and Heritage Managers
  • General Business English
  • Scientific English for Medical and Pharmaceutical Professionals
  • Medical and Colloquial English for Nurses
  • Military and Peacekeeping English
These intensive courses will equip participants with sector specific language tools, resulting in a workforce more confident and effective in their English language communications with customers and partner organisations. 

Courses can be tailor-made, on a one-to-one basis or for groups from the same company. Or, participants can choose to join a mixed group course – these run throughout the year.
BULATS – a training and business language assessment in the workplace is available.
ELA Business’ comprehensive package includes individual language assessments and ‘needs analysis’ to identify the nature of contexts in which English is used, as well as the technical language required. This forms the foundation of class programming.
Outcomes are established with priority being given to gaining ability and confidence in communicating in English.
After the course, participants are tested for ability and comprehension of new vocabulary and language structure and, where appropriate, their new language level. A report, with personal plan for continued study, is given to every participant.
Our teachers are well trained and experienced in working with participants from a variety of workplace environments and there is a resource bank of materials relevant to individual industries, as well as newspapers and journals. Methodology includes language construction, listening skills, writing skills and communication skills. Presentation skills (using video-recording) and report writing skills can be included. Classes are interactive, using role-play, multi-media and “live” situations.

Business Meetings

Whilst in Scotland, ELA can make your trip more interesting and relevant by arranging relevant meetings with Scottish government, local authorities and other companies or organisations.

Staying in Edinburgh

A range of executive accommodation options include Homestay, staying with specially-selected families who provide en-suite bedrooms and breakfast/dinner. Two bed apartments, sleeping 2, 3 or 4 participants can be arranged on request and we can also arrange hotel accommodation.

Family Visit

Accompanying family members can also take classes, including those for conversation or leisure – and we also have a range of classes for children.

Leisure Time

Edinburgh is a heritage city and city of culture. The capital of Scotland, it is second after London as a financial and business centre and has a dynamic approach to its relationships with other countries around the world.
Edinburgh is also a city of Festivals. The Edinburgh International Festival (in August) is world renowned and the city is a buzz of artistic events and merriment. The Winter Festivals bring the best of Scotland to Christmas and hosts the biggest Hogmanay (New Year) Party in the world. There are festivals and events all year round, including the arrival of the snowdrops and the bluebells, which carpet the early spring woods, the Royal Highland Show and Highland Games
Edinburgh is family-friendly and has something to offer for all age groups and interests. Scotland is one of the best places to visit for outdoor activities, including extreme sports. ELA Business can provide a programme of cultural, social and outdoor activities, as well as traditional sports. We can organise almost anything you want, including:

  • Visits to historic or heritage sites including castles, whisky distillery or craft brewer;
  • Trips - local or further afield, e.g. day tours to beauty spots;
  • Ceilidhs, theatre, concerts and pubs with music;
  • Arts: gallery visits; drawing; sketching; theatre; 
  • Sports and outdoor activities: archery, mountain biking, golf, bird of prey handling, fishing, canoeing, sailing, gliding, swimming, tennis, adventure park for adults.

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Our happy customers

I studied in ELA just for three months and it's a pity that time flew so fast. It was a great experience and unforgettable time. The school provides an intensive program for students who have willing to improve English skills. There are professional high-qualified teachers with individual approaching to students. I feel that my English level has boosted. Thanks for my progress in English to Steven, Hedvig and Duncan! My group was really international, so I met new friends around the world, from Monaco, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, China. ELA is located in the centre of Edinburgh where you are surrounded by the history of Scotland, every day you can see the Edinburgh Castle through a school window.  If I have a chance to return Edinburgh, I will certainly be at ELA again.

Alexander Zarzhitski, Belarus

Thanks to everyone from this school. It was really nice to meet all of you. I would like you to know that I spent 2 wonderful weeks at ELA and I hope to see you again.

Vlad Gustinovich, Poland

Just perfect. Class time doesn't feel like class time, but just as a chat between friends. Still, you get to learn a lot. The staff is very friendly and prepared.

Matteo de Ceglie, Italy
Isabella, Suzanne and Steven,

before a new week starts please let me thank you all for the nice and useful last week I had in Edinburgh and at your school.

It was a great pleasure to meet and spend time with you all last week.

Not only I had interesting and relevant English lessons but also I had the chance to visit a great impressive city.

And that thanks to your kind recommendations! So I could really appreciate posh area, fashionable restaurants/cafés and very pleasant people.

….and despite I’m Italian and when it comes to food I’m fussy, I enjoyed wonderful food!!!

For sure, I will recommend your school and Edinburgh to all.

Bruno Walter, KPMG Milan, Italy

The lessons were great! I have learnt a lot!

Marco Cutileo, Italy
CTH Tourism and Hospitality
Gold Standard Qualifications for Tourism and Hospitality Industry
ELA is happy to offer career skills courses and management programmes for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry developed by CTH (Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality) and IoH (Institute of Hospitality).

All qualifications are externally assessed and certified by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality and recognised globally.

The programmes have been endorsed by leading businesses and corporations in the industry such as The Institute of Hospitality, The Guild of Travel Management Companies, 
InterContinental Hotel Group, Premier Inn, Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Star Alliance, Gordon Ramsay Holdings & Tante Marie, Hotel Solutions Partnership Switzerland, Kuoni by Univairmer Lille and many more.
Business Training
Bespoke Business Training
ELA’s Business Unit responds to the needs of its corporate sector clientele and all programmes are tailor-made.
English for Business
Specialised courses to support business corporations, industry and government institutions


ELA Business offers a series of specialised courses to support business corporations, industry and government institutions.

Corporate Groups
Intensive tuition for small groups
Our corporate group courses are ideal for companies wanting to upskill the English language skills of their employees in specific business areas such as oil and gas, law, finance, technology, steel, medicine, retail, hospitality, travel, aviation, teaching, accent softening and personnel/human resources, health and safety in the workplace etc.

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