HITS offers a range of training opportunities for those wishing to become professional interpreters and service providers who wish to know how to work with interpreters.
An Introduction to Public Service Interpreting
This specially designed 42-hour course (one day a week for seven weeks) offers a solid grounding in the technical skills (note-taking, glossaries, management of interpreting exchanges, etc) and ethics (confidentiality, impartiality, etc) of public service interpreting, a series of presentations by guest lecturers from public services and an independently assessed Certificate of Interpreter Proficiency (the minimum level of professional attainment required in order to work for our Service). This course is not only an entity in its own right but also a formal introduction to our full Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) course.
Diploma in Public Service Interpreting
The Diploma course runs from January to June of each year. It comprises a further 120 hours tuition (in addition to the 42 hours already completed on the short course). For 2017, HITS will deliver the DPSI in the English Law option.
Working with Interpreters
This one-day course is offered for service providers wishing to work with interpreters. It introduces participants to the skills and qualities possessed by a professional public service interpreter as well as the general principles of interpreting. Through the use of tailor-made role-plays in the company of trained interpreters, participants have an opportunity to acquire practical experience of managing an interpreting situation. In addition, this course offers guidance on the practicalities of booking an interpreter, how to commission a written translation, and how to develop language support services as part of an effective overall communications strategy.
Setting up an Interpreting Service
This one-day course is designed to assist statutory and non-statutory organisations who wish to set up a professional not-for-profit interpreting service. Topics covered include sources of funding, the recruitment of prospective trainee interpreters, creating a training programme and marketing your service to potential users. The course is also available for ambitious individuals who wish to initiate their own interpreting service.