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Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation

Project Description 

Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation provides certified training in community interpretation and hands-on experience in interpretation and translation.  Training includes the curriculum of Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC). Volunteers obtain certification through the Cultural Interpreter Language Interpretation Skills Assessment Test (CILISAT).  The program follows a social enterprise model, collaborates with businesses and agencies to offer paid interpretation and translation work to program graduates. Eligible clients include permanent residents who currently volunteer with CIWA. Candidates must have Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 and higher as well as oral and written proficiency in a second language.

Project Details

  • Interpreter preparation and training by a qualified Instructor
  • Presentations from industry experts in education, legal service, health services, family services and private industry
  • Cultural Interpreter Language Interpretation Skills Assessment Test (CILISAT) preparation classes to increase employability
  • Preparation for Interpretation and Translation Clinics at CIWA and community organizations
  • Provide employment support and employment related workshops
  • Computer training in Microsoft Office applications:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • Publisher
    • PowerPoint

Eligible Clients

  • Project participants must be registered as CIWA volunteers
  • Must be a Canadian Permanent Resident
  • Minimum CLB 7 in all strands
  • Provide proof of proficiency in a second language
  • Able to commit to a 5 month full-time training program followed by interpretation and translation assignments
  • Demonstrate interest in and commitment to becoming a certified Community Interpreter

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