ABB: language training

AAC Global customer case

learning services

ABB is a world leader in power engineering and automation technology. The company attracts and hires highly qualified specialists from all over the world to ensure it has the best experts possible. Swedish language skills are important for international employees from a work perspective, but also in terms of social integration. 

ABB as a workplace is highly international, but to integrate into the local society, language skills are crucial. ABB offers its international employees the opportunity to learn Swedish at work. 

Watch the video (in Swedish) to find out why ABB strongly believes that Swedish language learning is important in terms of promoting integration and well-being on the part of the company’s international experts!


ABB language training


Find out how ABB is investing in the development of its employees’ language skills. Jessika Andersson Carotti from AAC interviews Head of Learning and Development Carl-Ove Kolmodin, language learning buyer at ABB, and Ghazal Amar, a young automation engineer who is taking an AAC language course.

Length & languages
Audio: Swedish
Length: 20 minutes 08 seconds

00:00 – Introduction to ABB and the company’s language learning needs
01:41 – Presentation of Carl-Ove Kolmodin and his role at ABB Västerås
02:43 – Why does ABB offer language courses to its employees?
04:10 – The reasons underlying ABB’s choice of AAC as a partner
04:37 – Why should companies offer language learning?
06:10 – Advantages of tailored training and measurement of results
08:37 – Question from the audience regarding minimum acceptable Swedish level
10:10 – ABB expatriates compared to new employees from other countries
11:33 – Greatest challenges for non-Swedish speakers
12:50 – The most positive surprises arising from language learning from AAC
14:06 – Presentation of Ghazal Amar, automation engineer studying Swedish at ABB
14:40 – Why was it important for Ghazal to learn Swedish?
16:20 – The most difficult things about not knowing Swedish
17:00 – Advantages of language training at the workplace
18:00 – Ghazal’s type of training and teacher

Benefits of language learning

Purchaser’s perspective:

Makes international experts feel welcome and provides a foundation for integration by showing that the company is interested in keeping them here for a long time. Integration at the workplace and outside of work is enhanced, and intercultural communication with colleagues and customers is improved. Centralized purchasing means less work for the buyer and saves time since everyone knows who to contact. The results are measurable and progress statistics are presented.

learning-services-cropped Language learning

Student’s perspective:

Enables integration at the workplace, and individuals can take part in informal discussions and become part of the team. Language learners can communicate with their clients in the Swedish language. The language courses can be scheduled when it’s most suitable during the work day. Language training is tailored to suit individual needs. Outside of work, participants become part of the local society and culture – an important aspect since it increases the chance of the employee staying in the position longer.

Quotes from the purchaser

Carl-Ove Kolmodin, Head of Learning and Development, ABB

“When an employer invests in language learning, the biggest gains are in integration and in helping the employee to feel welcome at the company.”  



“AAC Global ensures that the language learning program at ABB is under control. This is a great development, and I am extremely satisfied.” 

Quotes from the student

Ghazal Amar, Automation Engineer, ABB:

“It’s important when I move to a country to really be part of the country, integrate into the society, and understand the culture and the people. For me, language is a very important part of that, and I think it’s really important for me to learn Swedish.” 


“I work with Swedish customers, so a lot of our documentation is in Swedish. I have to communicate in Swedish and write emails in Swedish, so for work and for personal reasons it’s really important to learn the language.”


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