Innovative New Software Flags the End of Multilingual Workplace Training Woes

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N.Ireland based software outfit, Bubble have developed a unique approach to the training of overseas workers. Following a stint in the United Arab Emirates, the team identified significant challenges in the communication of key messages to construction workers causing headaches to the site operators. In response to this and due to the relevance of the problem closer to home, Bubble developed SpeechBubble, a simple system for portraying safety messages in a multilingual format using their innovative Flick to a Flag system.

...we set ourselves the task of promoting understanding across a wide spectrum of languages and literacy so we came up with the concept of using illustration and animation to offer visual stimulation and reinforcement. The resulting cartoon style has proved to be a breath of fresh air in a very traditional sector of the market, so we thought to ourselves, why should safety training be boring?

(http://www.speechbubble.ie) John Hill, Project Director of SpeechBubble said "...we set ourselves the task of promoting understanding across a wide spectrum of languages and literacy so we came up with the concept of using illustration and animation to offer visual stimulation and reinforcement. The resulting cartoon style has proved to be a breath of fresh air in a very traditional sector of the market, so we thought to ourselves, why should safety training be boring?"

Interest in the system has been received as far afield as Australia and the US and the company are considering distribution channel offers in these and other areas, in addition to alternative language support options.

The SpeechBubble developers have been delighted at the response the system has received and have already started planning topics for future releases. Also in development is an online multilingual translation portal which will allow users to submit training material to be presented in the required languages in the SpeechBubble system. The portal is expected to be of to appeal to a much wider spectrum of multilingual training needs than the topic driven products.

The simple system is just one small step in the right direction of harmonising workplace training regardless of ethnic origin or native tongues, but from the response to date, it's an overdue and welcome one.

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