RMIT interpreting graduates and recipients of Victorian Government scholarships have been recognised in a ceremony at Parliament House.
The new graduates celebrated at a special ceremony at Parliament House.
Scholarships offered by the Office of Multicultural and Citizenship (OMAC) allow students in the languages of recently arrived migrants to become nationally certified interpreters through a training partnership with RMIT.
The new Diploma of Interpreting graduates have been trained in the Karen and Punjabi languages.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor David Hayward, Dean, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, said: "We see language services, particularly interpreting and translating, as significant parts of delivery of social care as they help remove communication barriers faced by the newly arrived community members to participation and engagement with the wider community.
"Translating and interpreting are also essential services in aged care and disability services in meeting the needs of community members with non-English speaking backgrounds."
RMIT is using the latest online learning tools and internationally recognised pedagogic frameworks to provide interpreter training in Victoria and beyond, in languages where there were previously no courses available.
Since last year, RMIT has extended the interpreter training program to Shepparton and Bendigo in regional Victoria.
Online delivery of the program addresses a critical need for training in those regional communities and contributes to capacity building.
Craig Ondarchie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, said: "The state government sees language services as essential for access, equity and participation."
He praised the scholarship program, which has been delivered in partnership with RMIT since 2002, for training many nationally certified interpreters in rare and emerging languages.
Parliamentary Secretary Craig Ondarchie and Professor David Hayward with recipients of the OMAC Scholarships.
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