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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

European Graduate Placement Scheme: a joint event between the National Network for Translation and Routes North West

By Erika Corradini

Routes NW was delighted to sponsor a one-day event in collaboration with the European Graduate Placement Scheme (EGPS) and the National Networks for Translation and Interpreting. The event took place on 5th November 2014 at the University of Salford and had a good attendance of 80 people.

The day was organised in response to an increased interest in the placement scheme by students currently training to become translators and interpreters. Routes 2 has a key objective to promote greater national capacity in those areas of employment that require proficiency in languages and intercultural competence, including careers for which cultural mediation is a key asset, such as translation and interpreting in both private and public sectors.

This event brought together excellent keynote speakers from the industry to inspire graduates with languages to consider career opportunities in translation. Employers and students presented their own experience of the scheme and explained how initiatives like the EGPS are beneficial to both parties. Through events like this, Routes 2 aims to promote greater collaboration between employers, practitioners and students at national and local levels and to provide information and support for institutions considering the adoption of such schemes.

Myriam Salama-Carr, the director of the National Network for Translation has spoken about the event thus:

“Given that one of the aims of the National Network is to promote employability it is particularly pleasing to see how national efforts over the years to develop student placements in the field of translation are now opening up to a wider and more regional collaboration thanks to the work of the EGPS team”.

Routes 2 encourages and supports collaborations which bring together the energy and expertise of employers, institutions, practitioners with a clear aim to support young graduates in the challenging phase of transition from their studies to the job market. NNT and Routes 2 look forward to support more HEIs in implementing a graduate placement scheme for prospective translators. A National Career event will take place on 25 February 2015 at the University of Manchester with the joint support of the National Networks for Translation and Interpreting.

Hope to see many of you there!