Translator Recruitment

Background

The Translating & Interpreting Service (TIS) is a charity organisation. The aim of the Service is to work towards bridging the language gap between minority communities and health & social care providers. The Service provides quality face-to-face community interpreting, translation and bilingual advocacy services within the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering. The Service is accessed by health & social care professionals and directly by the members of the communities. The service is well established and has strong community links.

The organisation is managed and operated by an elected Board of Trustees, a Service Manager, Translating & Interpreting Co-ordinator, Advocacy Development Coordinator, 3 Administrative Assistants and a pool of sessional Interpreters and Translators.

Community Translators

Community Translators will be expected to undertake translation and layout of health and social care booklets, leaflets, letters, posters and other documents working from home. TIS aim to provide information to the target communities in a simple and easy to understand language.

You must be proficient in English and the target language, have translating skills to be able to convey the accurate meaning of the text for the target readers. You must have word processing, email and appropriate software facilities.

TIS will provide support to the translators through meetings where needed. You will abide by the conditions of engagement set for Translators.

Guidance Notes

The application form plays a critical part in the selection process, both in deciding whether you will be short-listed or not, and at the interview. It is therefore important that you complete this form as fully and accurately as possible.

Fill in all sections of the form. Make sure it is clear and read it through carefully to check for any mistakes. Please do not attach CVs or other documents to the form, as these will not be passed to the short-listing panel. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Personal Section - Make sure that you complete this fully using word processor. This section is for monitoring and will not be passed to the short-listing panel.

Education/Qualifications Section - Make sure you give all the information needed, including dates and subjects. Make clear the level of your examinations e.g., GCSE, GCE or A Level etc., and the grades that you obtained. Please include here any special skills training you may have.

Employment Experience Section - Write here the names and addresses of your present and past employers and the dates they employed you. This section should include any part-time or temporary jobs or voluntary work.

Additional Information Section - This is the most important section. You should state why you want to join the Service in this post and why you are a good candidate. Think carefully about why you are suitable for the post and relate your skills, knowledge and experience to the duties of the post as clearly as possible.

Application

If you would like to apply to join us as a freelance translator, please download the application form below and email it to recruitment@tisonline.org.uk or post it to us.

Translator Application Form.doc