vic-govt-logoThere is currently a severe shortage of Maltese interpreters in Victoria.  We understand that there is only one Maltese interpreter who has National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) qualifications. The Victorian Government is offering scholarships of $3,250 to students who are accepted into the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting program at RMIT University to study interpreting in the Maltese language. The Maltese Community Council of Victoria encourages those proficient in the Maltese language to take advantage of this scholarship and consider a career in the field.

ADVANCED  DIPLOMA  OF INTERPRETING

The Advanced Diploma of Interpreting is a one year, part-time program, which begins in February 2016 and finishes in November 2016. Classes are held at RMIT University’s  City campus in Melbourne. Classes may be held during the day or evening depending on the timetable.

RMIT PROGRAM FEES

The scholarship does not cover  the full program fee. Students will be required to pay the balance  of the program fee. The amount to be paid will depend  on each  student’s eligibility for a government-subsidised place or other concessions. For more  information please contact:

RMIT University Info Corner, (Corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets, City campus)  on 9925 2260  or visit them  between 9:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday.

SCHOLARSHIP  ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency *;
  • be enrolled in the RMIT University Advanced  Diploma of Interpreting in one of the languages  targeted  in 2016; and
  • remain enrolled and meet  attendance requirements for each unit at RMIT for the duration of the program in 2016.

* However. consideration will be given to applications from asylum seekers.

Eligible students will be formally  offered scholarships  in February 2016. Scholarships will be paid after the RMIT enrolment census date of 31st March 2016.

NAATI ACCREDITATION

Students who successfully  complete the program and attain a pass rate of 70% or above in certain interpreting accrediting units will be eligible  for Professional Interpreter accreditation by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters  (NAATI).

Detailed  information about  NAATI accreditation will be provided by RMIT after enrolment. The cost of NAATI accreditation will be paid by the Victorian Government.

HOW  TO APPLY TO RMIT

Apply to RMIT University no later than 30 November 2015 by completing an online ‘Direct Application’ on the RMIT University website:

apply.rmit.edu.au/direct/Register

You must indicate  the language  you are applying for in the personal statement section on the application.

If you have any questions  when  completing your online  application, contact RMIT University Info Corner on 9925  2260.

For more details, click here to download a copy of the Government flyer and Expression of Interest form.

 

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