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06 September 2021
In February 2021, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) commissioned the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland at Heriot-Watt University to carry out a UK-wide census of sign language interpreters and translators.
It was done in collaboration with Wolverhampton and the West of Scotland Universities, and with oversight from an advisory group that included representatives from the following key stakeholder groups: NRCPD, ASLI, VLP, SRLPDC, RBSLI, IOCN, SCOSLI, NUBSLI and the UK Council on Deafness.
Released this week, you can find the final 2021 SLTI Census Report and Executive Summary in BSL and English here:
SLTI Census Report:
Link to English Text document: https://www.nrcpd.org.uk/documents/news/Census-Project-report_Final-August2021.pdf
Link to English Text document: https://www.nrcpd.org.uk/documents/news/Census-Project-Executive%20Summary_Final_August2021Final.pdf
Link to BSL Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IFYJoEnEqMY&feature=youtu.be
Inside this report, you will find a demographic snapshot of UK SLTI practitioners, the gaps and needs that were identified in diversity, representation, education and training, as well as the planning and forecasting of the interpreting and translating workforce.
One of NRCPD's strategic aims is to develop the professions and we welcome the report's recommendations and are fully committed to working with others to implement them.
We would also like to thank Jemina Napier, Robert Skinner, Robert Adam, Christopher Stone, Sandra Pratt and Chijioke Obasi, and everyone involved for their work on this important project, and for the opportunity for NRCPD to take part in the advisory group.