Promoting the highest standards in the profession

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News from TrànslationWörks, Bath, 16 July 2010

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) is one of the UK's two recognised associations for linguists. The other is the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL).  Both organisations run training courses for their members to ensure that they are kept up to date with the latest developments in the profession. A relatively new development in training is webinars, these are seminars held via the web. Previous webinars I have attended have proved to be very useful and interesting and today's was no exception.

With 90 other participants, I attended the ITI's first-ever webinar which focused on "Promoting the Highest Standards in the Profession". This consisted of a general introduction to the ITI including information about the different grades of membership, admission requirements, the MITI examination, CPD and training, and activities in the regions of the UK.

The presenters were speakers from the ITI familiar with the Institute's admissions process, CPD programme and the benefits of the ITI's networks and Regional Groups. Although one cannot actually see the presenters or fellow attendees, questions can be submitted via the system and these are read out and answered by the panel.

Such webinars are open to all translators and interpreters (some are free) and are advertised on the websites of the respective organisation: ITI or the CIoL

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Webinars are obviously the future! Very impressed with your techno-savvy approach -- perhaps you could host some yourself?

Webinars are a very eco/green approach to training as no one has to do any travelling - so that's another benefit! Interesting idea about hosting one, Hannah. I'll give it some thought. Does anyone else have any ideas for topics?

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