Meet Multicultural Affairs Queensland's first NAATI recognised interpreter

Multicultural Affairs Queensland has been leading a project to address a lack of training options for individuals wishing to enter the interpreting industry in regional areas of Queensland.

The Interpreter Training Project involved the delivery of a pilot, eight week course in five different regional locations across Queensland. It was unique in that it involved the collaboration of multiple organisations.

RMIT University in Victoria delivered the training and other project partners included ACCESS Community Services, MDA Ltd, Centacare Cairns, Townsville Multicultural Support Group and Kyabra Community Association.

On successful completion of the skill set course, Multicultural Affairs Queensland assisted participants (without prior industry experience) to connect with language services agencies that can assist in providing sufficient work experience to meet requirements for NAATI recognition.

Mr Sibbo Sengabo, a Townsville based participant, has been the first to gain NAATI recognition in Swahili and Kinyarwanda after successfully completing the training.

Since participating in the project, Mr Sibbo has been able to provide on-site and telephone interpreting in the medical, employment and settlement service sectors.

Other project participants who have successfully completed the training in Cairns, Rockhampton, Ipswich and the Gold Coast and meet NAATI requirements also have the opportunity to apply for formal interpreting qualifications in new and emerging languages.

MAQ will be releasing information on future courses on their project page here.

Or you can click here for more information on the Queensland Language Services Policy.

Published: 12/07/2016