Herefordshire Language Network offers foundation training for interpreters

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Herefordshire Council’s innovative language service, Herefordshire Language Network, is offering training for potential interpreters and the application process is now open.

The two-day unaccredited ‘foundation training’ course will take place on Sunday 22 and Sunday 29 April in Hereford, at a small cost of £30.

Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet member for economy and corporate services, said:

“Our highly successful Herefordshire Language Network is looking for new interpreters and this training session is an excellent starting point for anyone who has ever considered interpreting.  Once you’ve completed the training, it could lead to paid work with the network. 

“For those interested in applying, they will need a very high level of fluency in English and one other language.  We welcome all languages, but the network is particularly looking for those less commonly found in the county, such as Kurdish, Arabic, Filipino and Cantonese along with African and Indian languages. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who loves using their language skills and wants to further develop their abilities.”

Please note that British Sign Language (BSL) is also welcome. 

Since 2009, the council has trained over 200 people in interpreting and translation skills, which allows them to work for the Herefordshire Language Network.  The network currently manages around 400 assignments every month for public services and voluntary organisations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 26 March.  To find out more about the criteria for applying, and to download an application form, please visit

Published: Thursday, 15th February 2018