Training

1. QUALIFICATIONS

- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (RQF) – 16 credits
- Preparation course for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Level 6) – English Law option
- Preparation course for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (Level 6)
- Advanced Medical Interpreting (Endorsed by TQUK)
- English for All (Endorsed by TQUK)
- French Beginners (Endorsed by TQUK)
- Italian Beginners
- Arabic Beginners
- Preparing for the Life in the UK Test (Endorsed by TQUK)
- Equality Diversity and Multiculturalism (Endorsed by TQUK
- Introduction to Counselling (Endorsed by TQUK)
- Access to Teaching (Endorsed by TQUK)

 

2. CPD WORKSHOPS (Endorsed by TQUK)

- Revision workshop for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting – English Law option
- Revision workshop for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI)
- Self-Employment and Tax Management
- Mental Health and Trauma Interpreting
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Family Law and Court Procedures
- Statement taking in a Police Context
- Safeguarding
- Simultaneous Interpreting
- Translation

For forthcoming start dates, go to our NEWS page or get in touch!
Our prices for training courses vary depending on the course and booking type. Please contact us for further information and to discuss your requirements.
Some of our training courses are available via DISTANCE LEARNING and can be funded on an ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN.

1. QUALIFICATIONS

TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (RQF) – 16 credits
AVAILABLE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING AND ON ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN
This is a nationally recognised qualification and the minimum required to enable a bilingual speaker to work as a Community Interpreter.
This course is ideal for bilingual adults, who wish to develop their interpreting skills to gain employment, enhance existing CV, progress in current paid or unpaid role, or progress to further training.
Requirements:
- Must be fluent in English and at least another language
- Is looking for a professional qualification in interpreting
- Has some knowledge of public services in the UK.

You will learn:
- To understand the role of the Community Interpreter
- To learn about the sectors where interpreters may be required to work
- To develop and practice sight translation
- To demonstrate the skills of two-way interpreting
- To learn how to develop and enhance own performance
- Issues of confidentiality and intervention skills

The course includes: group work, role plays, pair work, portfolio building tasks, specialist trainers interventions, research, workshops, individual assignments and case studies.
The course will run 1 day per week for 14 weeks. There is some flexibility on the day and time accordingly to the availability of students
Should there be sufficient demand then more than one course may run at a time.

Preparation course for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Level 6) – English Law option
AVAILABLE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING AND ON ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN
This course is for those with some experience in interpreting who wish to gain a qualification recognised at national and European level in order to work in Public Service Interpreting.
This is a first-degree level qualification (Level 6).
Students who gain the DPSI qualification will be able to apply for registration on the National Register for Public Services Interpreters (NRPSI Ltd.) and will be able to use the initials DPSI after their name.

Length of the Course: 26 weeks with 6 exams held in June every year and organised by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL).

The examination consists of the following modules:
- Interpreting using consecutive and whispered techniques
- Sight translation from and into English
- Written Translation from and into English

Preparation course for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (Level 6)
AVAILABLE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING AND ON ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN
This qualification replaces the Metropolitan Police Test and has now been introduced nationally.
This course is for those with some experience in interpreting who wish to gain a qualification recognised at national and European level in order to work in Police Interpreting.
This is a first-degree level qualification (Level 6).
Students who gain the DPI qualification will be able to apply for registration on the National Register for Public Services Interpreters (NRPSI Ltd.) and will be able to use the initials DPI after their name.

The Diploma in Police Interpreting examinations consist of five units and the structure is as follows:
- Interpret consecutively two-way in a Police context and take a Police statement
- Interpret simultaneously – whispered – from English in a Police context
- Provide a Sight Translation from English in a Police context
- Translate a Police statement into English
- Translate from English in a Police context

The exams will take place twice a year in November and May and are organised by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL).

Advanced Medical Interpreting (Endorsed by TQUK)
AVAILABLE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING
Bridge is proud to introduce the FIRST Advanced Medical Interpreting course in the North East of England.
This course has been carefully designed by us to enable our qualified interpreters to work on their professional development and develop their interpreting skills and terminology in health care settings.

This course consists of the following modules:
- Primary Healthcare
- Hospitals & Specialised Units
- Mental health
- Telephone Interpreting & Note Taking skills within healthcare settings
- Sight Translation within healthcare settings
- Resources and Challenging Terminology
- Challenges to the role of the interpreter within healthcare settings
- 2 Revision sessions

Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive an Advanced Medical Interpreting certificate delivered by the Awarding Body TQUK.

English for All (Endorsed by TQUK)
This course is aimed at a range of learners interested in improving their English language skills: writing, speaking and listening.
It focuses on developing language knowledge and understanding of British customs. The course also looks at how to develop language learning skills and includes:
- English grammar
- Acquiring knowledge and understanding of a range of Public Services in the UK (education, health, social services etc.)
- Language learning skills (Good learner/Bad learner)
- English Speaking, Listening Writing and Reading

The course is aimed at self-development and language skills. Learners may look to progress onto nationally recognized qualifications such as ESOL or Literacy depending on levels.
Course length: 10 weeks
Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive an English for All certificate delivered by the Awarding Body TQUK.

French Beginners (Endorsed by TQUK)
Italian Beginners
Arabic Beginners
These are 10 weeks courses aimed at a range of students interested in learning basic language skills in French, Italian or Arabic.
The lessons will include sounds of the alphabet, greetings, holiday vocabulary and numbers.

MESSAGE TO ALL LANGUAGE LOVERS: Bridge will be looking into developing French and Italian conversation classes.
The idea would be to set up regular meetings during which those wishing to practice French or Italian would chat over a cup of coffee at Gateshead International Business Centre. Interested? Get in touch!

Preparing for the Life in the UK Test (Endorsed by TQUK)
The Life in the UK Test is a compulsory requirement for most people wanting to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen or permanent residence.
To become a permanent resident you will need to be able to speak and read English and you will need to pas the Life in the UK Test.
To help you revise we have based our course on the Official Life in the UK test handbooks.

Note: this course has been designed to help you revise for your test. Bridge does not organise the test or deliver the certificates.
This course is endorsed by the Awarding Body TQUK, which means that upon completion of the coursework you will receive a TQUK certificate.
This course will last 10 weeks

Equality Diversity and Multiculturalism (Endorsed by TQUK)
This course provides a programme of learning which will:
- Equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to eliminate incidents of unfair treatment in the workplace, and/or domestic environment, and/or social situations.
- Enable participants to evaluate their own values, attitudes to difference, and their corresponding social practices.
- Support participants in understanding the psychological and social pressures that produce prejudicial attitudes
- Help participants understand the needs of minority groups
- Give an opportunity for participants to consider strategies and/or policies that help combat stereotyping and prejudicial practices.
- Develop positive attitudes to an evolving diverse society.
This course will last 10 weeks
Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive a certificate in Equality, Diversity and Multiculturalism Level 2 delivered by the Awarding Body TQUK.

Introduction to Counselling (Endorsed by TQUK)
This course is aimed at :
- Adults wishing to gain basic understanding of the theory and procedures of counselling, who need enhanced listening and feedback skills for work or domestic purposes
- Adults entering a prospective career in counselling for the first time who wish to gain a basic understanding of counselling processes before taking a higher level accredited course
- Adults wishing to undertake refresher or career enhancement study that includes an element of therapeutic helping.

This course provides a programme of learning which will:
- Introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and/or the workplace
- Develop an understanding of some of the theoretical approaches that underpin use of basic counselling skills
- Understand the ethical basis of therapeutic listening and support
- Gain a degree of self-awareness
- Think about their self-development and possible future roles or learning progression.

Course length: 12 weeks
Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive a certificate in Introduction to Counselling Level 1 delivered by the Awarding Body TQUK.

Access to Teaching (Endorsed by TQUK)
This course provides a programme of learning in which each student will:
- Understand the nature of teaching and learning, and how these relate to the social context of
individuals within their varied communities
- Develop an awareness of how learning works, and how this can be facilitated by teachers
- Evolve basic good practice in communication, planning, organisation, and assessment.
- Orientate themselves within the community of practice which is the teaching profession.
- Think about their self-development and possible future roles.
Course length: 12 weeks
Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive an Access to Teaching certificate delivered by the Awarding Body TQUK.

2. CPD WORKSHOPS (Endorsed by TQUK)

Revision workshop for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting – English Law option
Revision workshop for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI)
Bridge offers revision workshops for the DPSI and DPI exams in 3 different locations in England:
- Newcastle upon Tyne for the North,
- Manchester for the Midlands and North West,
- London area for the South

Our Revision Workshops include:
- Break down of the IoL’s exam format
- Mock exams available in various languages
- Some tips on how to pass the exams
- Revision material for candidates to take home
- Support form our experienced tutors and language assessors

Contact us for more details!

Self-Employment and Tax Management
This workshop is aimed at assisting all of you who work as self-employed interpreters/tutors to:
- Register with HMRC for tax purposes ( either as self- employed or as a second income )
- Manage flow of invoices and payments from various interpreting/translation agencies which operate different payment rates and terms
- Best practice on keeping accounts – what counts as income and expenditure
- Self- assessment form completion and National insurance payments if applicable

We will be running 3 workshops a year, so please consult our NEWS section for dates and times of forthcoming workshops.
Contact the office for more information about dates, times and fees.

Mental Health and Trauma Interpreting
This workshop is for interpreters who wish to further advance skills and knowledge in mental health settings.
The morning session will focus on the main mental health conditions, diagnosis and treatments and the range of interpreting assignments that may arise.
Afternoon session will focus on trauma and self-care for the interpreters.

Immigration and Asylum Law
This workshop is for interpreters who wish to further advance skills and knowledge in Immigration and Asylum Law.
The morning session will focus on the asylum screening process, the role of interpreter in the screening interview and challenges to impartiality for interpreters.
The afternoon session will focus on Immigration law as used in Administrative law (tribunals).

Family Law and Court Procedures
This workshop is for interpreters who wish to further advance skills and knowledge in Family law.
The morning session will be focused on understanding family law through overviews of court proceedings and various court orders that may be directed and applied by the Judge.
The afternoon session will enable group discussions on the challenges to the role of the interpreter in contested hearings.

Statement taking in a Police Context
This workshop is for interpreters who wish to develop knowledge and skills on best practice when taking a police statement. You will practice statement taking from English to other language and other language to English.
The morning session will be dedicated to the theory of statement taking and the Dos and Don’ts for interpreters.
The afternoon session will enable participants to put into practice what they have learnt during the morning session via DPI past papers practice.

Safeguarding
This one day workshop is designed to provide interpreters with the tools to recognise and respond to vulnerable children and adults who may have been abused.
This workshop will cover the following topics:
- What is a vulnerable adult?
- What is abuse in UK Law? What is the legislation relating to safeguarding of young people and adults in the UK?
- Disclosure : how do you report any safeguarding concerns and who to?
- Managing difficult situations when interpreting

Simultaneous Interpreting
This workshop is intended to qualified interpreters who wish to practice and master the technique of simultaneous interpreting. The training will include:
- Principles of simultaneous interpreting,
- Tips, and
- Practice on videos and role plays.

Translation
This workshop is intended to qualified interpreters/translators who wish to enhance their translation skills. The training will include:
- Principles of translation,
- Literary vs. Technical translation
- Translation of official documents
- Practice