TAFE Queensland has partnered with 2M Language Services to deliver the Queensland Government ‘Interpreter Training Boost Program’. The program will be rolled out over the course of 3 years, from 2021 to 2024 and is designed to support Queensland residents through NAATI-endorsed interpreter training for priority languages that currently require more interpreters.

The course will provide attendees with job prospects in the interpreting sector with the obvious dual functionality of boosting communication outcomes for multicultural communities across Queensland. To be eligible for the ITB Program, applicants must be fluent in English and their chosen language of translation. The course cost is covered by the Queensland Government, except for a student contribution of $100 to be paid at enrolment. Applications for the second round of courses will begin in mid-2022.

Languages for which interpreters are being sought are Arabic, Chin languages, Farsi, Hmong, Karenni, Kinyarwanda/Rwanda, Kirundi/ Nyarwandwa/Rundi, Kiswahili, Kurdish languages (including Kurdish Kurmanji), Oromo, Sango, Solomon Islands Pijin, Swahili, Thai, Tigrinya/Tigrinian and Vietnamese, or any other language from in-demand new and emerging communities in Queensland.

The program is funded jointly by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.

For further details, please go here.