Herefordshire Council’s innovative language service, Herefordshire Language Network, is offering training for potential interpreters.

Herefordshire Council’s innovative language service, Herefordshire Language Network, is offering training for potential interpreters.

The two-day unaccredited ‘foundation training’ course will take place on Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 November in Hereford, at a small cost of £30.

Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet Member Economy and Communications 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 in the county. 

“Those interested in applying will need a very high level of fluency in English and one other language.  We welcome all languages, but at the moment the network is particularly keen to hear from speakers of Kurdish, Arabic and Lithuanian. 

“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 350 assignments every month for public services and voluntary organisations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12 November.  To find out more about the criteria for applying, and to download an application form, please visit the translation and interpreting services page on our website or call 01432 260216.

Published: Friday, 21st September 2018