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Training for Interpreters

If you are proficient in languages and would be interested in working as an interpreter, the Herefordshire Language Network is offering free training in June.

The Herefordshire Language Network currently provides interpreters for around 190 assignments every month for local public services and voluntary organisations, and can accommodate more than 40 different languages.

The Foundation Course for Interpreters is an unaccredited, 14-hour introduction to interpreting techniques, which will run from 29-30 June 2013 in Hereford.  It is free of charge, and will allow successful learners to carry out paid and voluntary assignments.

This will be the sixth time the successful course has run.  This time round, the particular languages in demand are Bengali, Bulgarian, Gujarati, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Pashto, Romanian, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Urdu.  We are also interested in training people fluent in British Sign Language (Level 3 minimum).  If you or someone you know speaks any of these languages and meets the other criteria, please let them know about the course.

“I loved the course.  It was well-delivered and I learned a lot.  I had done a lot of informal interpreting, but here the techniques and ethics were explained, and at my first interpreting assignment I felt really professional”. (Polish speaker)

More information and an application form can be found on the Network website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/language, or call Harriet Yellin on 01432 (26)0216 (hyellin@herefordshire.gov.uk) for details.