Interpreter Training Boost Program Launched at the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point

Interested in a career as an interpreter? About 120 spots will soon be filled following the launch of the interpreter training boost program at the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point.

This is open for people who want to undertake interpreter training in new and emerging languages and will ultimately provide better communication for Queensland’s multicultural communities. Those who are familiar with in-demand languages such as Arabic, Chin languages, Farsi, Hmong, Karenni, Kinyarwanda/Rwanda, Kirundi/ Nyarwandwa/ Rundi, Kiswahili and Kurdish may become part of the program.

Applications will close by 21 March 2022. 

TAFE will conduct a 12-week online Interpreting Skills course endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), whilst a 20-week English Language Bridging Course will also be offered to interested participants who may need to complete the next round of Interpreting Skills course.

The Queensland Government has invested $730,000 in these programs, in partnership with TAFE, 2M Language Services and the NAATI, to provide jobs for much-needed interpreters.

“Interpreters are very important for those Queenslanders who are not proficient in English. There is no doubt we need more interpreters, across a wide range of languages and I would encourage anyone considering a career as an interpreter to find out more,” Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard MP said during the launch at the Queensland Multicultural Centre.

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“While this training is about jobs, it is also about delivering better services to our multicultural communities and ensuring they have the most up-to-date information as we move through this global pandemic,” she added.

“We need to ensure everyone can access services and information in an equitable and timely manner.  We hope to see up to 120 Queenslanders gain jobs as a direct result of undertaking this training.”

“The collaboration between government, private sector, and training organisations are the first of its kind in Australia,” Mark Painting, NAATI CEO, said. 

“NAATI looks forward to working with all the stakeholders and hopes to see this type of initiative replicated in other states.”

To apply or to learn more, visit 2M Language Services or email