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Monday, 1 October 2012

BSL Interpreting: is there really work out there for BSL Interpreters??

This is the first in our series if blogs that are talking about considering a career as a BSL/English Interpreter.

There are many people out there who consider a career change; maybe fed up with current position, organisation or just want to do something completely different.

There are others who learn the basics of sign language and then wonder whether they could turn this into a career.

Well, you can! What are the things that people consider when looking at a career change?

Will it bring in a good wage?
Will it cost a lot to train?
Are there training courses out there?
Will I enjoy it?

All of the above questions we will cover in later blogs - but for the moment we are looking at the age old question "Is there enough work out there?"

At terptree we have run a number of events called 'how to be an interpreter' and this is a common question we are asked. It is clear that people do not want to leave consistent, regular employment on a whim of a better, more fulfilling and fun career.

Well, we can reassure you that there are plenty of opportunities for people wanting to train as BSL interpreters for the future. You only need to look at the statistics alone and you will see that from the 70,000 deaf people in the UK, there are just under 1,000 BSL interpreters around the country - seven times more deaf people than interpreters..

The deaf community is always changing and becoming more integrated into the hearing world. This means that deaf people require more and more interpreting services at work, at university and accessing local services. Since the Disability Discriminations Act (DDA) has become more robust and deaf people are more aware of their rights - the need for interpreting services has grown.

terptree are always looking for new professionals to register with us - whether you are a BSL Interpreter, Communication Support Worker (CSW), or Notetaker, we would love to hear from you. To register, please email interpreting@terptree.co.uk or call 01635 886 264.

terptree also have a huge range of up and coming training events that will kick start your new career as an interpreter - please see or email us at training@terptree.co.uk.

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