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Community Interpreting & Related Courses

Contact: Phyllis Acosta, 96-100 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4TP
Tel: 020 7426 1973/07984 664694
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WEA London Region has been delivering certificated community interpreting and related courses for more than 15 years and during this time we have worked with a wide range of organisations to provide training opportunities for members of linguistic minority communities. Partners include local authorities, further education colleges, interpreting and translation services, community organisations, housing associations, health authorities, primary schools and voluntary organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers. 
Community Interpreting Courses

Our Community Interpreting courses are currently certificated by Open College Network London Region (OCNLR) at Level 1 and by Ascentis at Level 3. Interpreting and translation services and agencies in and around London recognise the Level 3 certificate when recruiting community interpreters. Related courses such as Bilingual Advocacy, Community Translation and Interpreting in Child Protection are certificated at Levels 2 and 3 by OCNLR.


The following courses are now available:

Understanding Community Interpreting

For people who speak English and a community language and are interested in learning about the field of community interpreting and developing their knowledge of UK public services. The course will cover the role of the community interpreter and the contexts in which they work. Learners will be encouraged to find relevant voluntary work in the community in order to gain experience in community interpreting.
Certificated by OCNLR with 3 credits at Level 1
Duration 24 hours
 

Level 2 Pathway

For people who have some experience of community interpreting in the UK but need to further develop their skills in order to meet the criteria for the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting. The course will cover a placement in a voluntary organisation, public service knowledge and terminology, study and research skills and development of advanced English language skills specific to community interpreting situations.
Accredited by NCFE with 4 credits at Level 2
Duration 36 hours
 

Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting

For people who have substantial experience of interpreting for friends, family and other members of their community in public service settings in the UK and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in order to find paid employment with interpreting agencies and services. The course will cover principles and practice in community interpreting and will include input from visiting trainers from the public services.
Accredited by Ascentis with16 credits at Level 3
Duration 87 hours
  

Bilingual Advocacy

For people who have successfully completed a Community Interpreting course at Level 3 and are interested in further developing their skills in order to find work as Bilingual Advocates in health and social welfare settings. The course will cover principles and practice of advocacy and will include input from visiting trainers from a range of health and social welfare services such as mental health, HIV/AIDS and social care.
Certificated by OCNLR with 9 credits at Level 2 or 3
Duration: 69 hours
 

Interpreting in Child Protection

For experienced community interpreters who are currently working or are interested in working in the field of child protection. The course will cover interpreting in specific settings, for example case or family group conferences, specialist terminology and cultural awareness and will include input from visiting trainers from social services, the police, the NSPCC and the NHS.
Certificated by OCNLR with 9 credits at Level 2 or 3
Duration: 69 hours
 

Interpreting in Mental Health

For experienced community interpreters who are currently working or are interested in working in the field of mental health. The course will cover interpreting in specific settings, for example assessment or counselling, specialist terminology and cultural awareness and will include input from visiting trainers from NHS, MIND, Social Services and other mental health support services.
An in-house certificate will be awarded to successful participants
Duration: 36 hours
 

Community Translation – Principles and Practice

For people who have some experience of translating written texts for friends, family and other members of their community in public service contexts in the UK and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in order to find paid employment with translation services and agencies. The course will cover principles and practice in community translation and will include input from language tutors. Learning is through taught sessions and online tutorials.
Certificated by OCNLR with 9 credits at Level 2 or 3
Duration 69 hours
 

Community Outreach Assistant

For people who are currently working as volunteers in the community and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge of outreach work. The course will cover the role of outreach assistants, health and safety, working with vulnerable adults and record keeping.
Certificated by OCNLR with 6 credits at Level 2
Duration: 40 hours
 

An Introduction to Immigration Issues

A non-accredited course for people who would like to develop their knowledge of the UK immigration system. The course will focus on the history and development of the immigration system, basic immigration rules and regulations, and in-depth sessions on applying for asylum, appeal procedures, family reunion, and the visa system. Learners will be given short assignments to complete each week. An in-house attendance certificate will be awarded to successful participants.
Duration: 18 hours
Information on OISC procedures and registration will be given but please note that this course alone does not qualify participants to give immigration advice.

An Introduction to Welfare Benefits

A non-accredited course for people who would like to develop their knowledge of the UK welfare benefits system. The course will focus on the background of the welfare benefits system including the new welfare reforms,  in-depth sessions focussing on specific benefits and appeal procedures. Learners will be given short assignments to complete each week. An in-house attendance certificate will be awarded to successful participants
Duration: 21 hours

 Community Interpreting Courses WEA London
 

Level 3 courses are no longer funded through the Skills Funding Agency. You may need to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the tuition and accreditation fees. Please visit: http://www.wea.org.uk/courses/24-advanced-learning-loans for more information.