The principle of an annual MOT is especially applicable to language usage in an English-workplace environment, as I have discovered from experience that employees can lapse into bad habits or misunderstand how to use English words or expressions that they have picked up in the workplace. An annual check-up therefore is of significant value, and also provides a forum where an employee can ask about anything they might feel embarrassed about asking.
With an MOT, the basis for carrying out a periodic check is that the car was in good condition in the first place. The key to Business English training is therefore to ensure that the employee's English is in 'good condition' when they start work in the UK workplace, and then to carry out periodic checks at appropriate intervals.
When an MOT is carried out, the car only needs to be taken off the road for a very brief period. If something of concern is found, however, it is particularly important to make sure this is fixed before it causes damage or an accident. This parallel illustrates the model by which short training sessions of periodic review will check the 'roadworthiness' of an employee's English, and help him or her to be more fine-tuned in their use of language.
Most employees in the UK do not need 'English lessons' of the traditional kind: what they need is training in the use of English. The initial stage in the training model I use, therefore, is to carry out an extensive analysis of an employee's spoken and written output, in order to put them on the right track regarding any common mistakes with which they might be liable to miscommunicate their meaning. This may be compared to the process of carrying out a road safety check and a service on a newly acquired second-hand car.
This induction training would then be followed up by 'updated review' sessions, re-enacting the same issues of English usage within an updated/different context. These review sessions would be expected to become less frequent over time, whilst enabling the employee to self-assess their own improvement and any additional needs.