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Monday, 12 December 2011

Want to work as a Communication Support Worker?

So last week we de-mystified the differences between Communication Support Workers and Interpreters, now - what if you are considering this as a possible career path?
Read on.....
What does a CSW do?
CSWs mainly work within the education sector supporting deaf learners to communicate with their teachers and other students. CSWs are multi-skilled and flexible, using a variety of methods to suit each individual, whether it’s interpreting between spoken English and BSL, notetaking and/or lipspeaking. They work as part of the education team alongside the teacher and other professionals.
Training and Development
To work as a CSW you will need at least Level 2 BSL. You may also require other qualifications in notetaking, lipspeaking or BSL/English Interpreting. If you will be working with someone who uses BSL or Sign Supported English, you will need to have a minimum of Signature Level 3 NVQ in BSL or Level 3 Certificate in BSL
Ideally you will also have experience of working or volunteering with deaf or hearing impaired people. In certain circumstances, specialist subject specific knowledge and/or further qualifications may be required.
Signature (formerly CACDP) offers the Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support (Communication Support Worker). See the Signature website for details.
Once you start work as a communication support worker, you would usually be expected to upgrade your BSL qualifications to Level 6 and beyond, and improve your sign language interpreting skills.
Further Desirable Skills and Knowledge
· excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written), ideally A-Level standard.
· be flexible and adaptable
· be able to build good working relationships with learners, tutors, lecturers and other professionals
· be willing to carry out research, for example, in order to familiarise yourself with specialised vocabulary
· have an awareness and understanding of deaf culture and issues in the education of deaf people
· be impartial, able to respect learners’ confidentiality and be committed to equal opportunities
· be computer literate.

If you would like any further information on how to become a CSW, or if you are interested in applying for work with terptree, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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