- Interpreting scholarship recipients formally announced
- Scholarships supported by the McGowan Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia today announced the Interpreting Scholarship recipients for the Diploma in Interpreting (LOTE-English) Program.
Scholarship recipients were acknowledged at the North Metropolitan TAFE Festival of English, which celebrates the many English Language studies and services on offer at the campus.
A total of 15 scholarships have been supported by the McGowan Government with up to $500 per scholarship, through the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), towards a diploma.
Interpreters are recognised on the State Priority Occupation List and are essential in a number of sectors including healthcare, social welfare and legal services.
The McGowan Government strongly supports equitable service provision for everyone in the community.
The scholarships in interpreting offered by OMI are a step towards making these courses available for all.
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"The important role that qualified interpreters play in a multicultural society cannot be underestimated.
"I commend North Metropolitan TAFE for their work in making the training available as part of their Foundation courses that provide a platform on which people from all backgrounds can build their career pathways.
"I offer my warmest congratulations to those students who have completed the first stage of their training, and strongly encourage them to continue with their studies and goals of becoming fully qualified as an interpreter."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Formal qualifications are vital for a workforce that performs a critical role in providing accessible services for all.
"The qualification was reintroduced last year to address industry and student demands for formal training in Western Australia, while also recognising the often complex and vital role interpreters play in our community."
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5600
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700