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Sign Solutions is a language and learning company, specialising in BSL interpreting, BSL courses, Sign Language training, deaf awareness training, e-learning, BSL apps, legal services, expert witness, face to face spoken language interpreting, and telephone and video interpreting.

CPD Courses

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If you find this sentence difficult to interpret, which 8 out 10 interpreters do, then you should attend our new training day!

Sign Solutions is pleased to be offering an exciting training day looking at some of the difficult concepts we are faced with when interpreting.

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Court Interpreting - A brief course with a Brief

Lead Tutor: Byron Campbell.

Do you work in the Family/Criminal Court system? Are you looking to improve your knowledge of the language, issues and dilemmas faced in these types of interpreting situations?  "Taking court interpreting to the next level!"  Sign Solutions is pleased to announce we are working with to well respected and experienced Barristers, Victoria Edmonds & Stefan Kolodynski from St Phillip's Chambers, Birmingham, to provide our next series of training courses aimed at those working in these challenging fields.  Both Victoria and Stefan have experience working with Deaf clients and interpreters.  "More than a practitioners point of view"

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Skills training for Interpreters and Communication Support Workers

A programme of training days aimed at enhancing Interpreters and CSWs' language processing skills and coping strategies, English to BSL interpreting and BSL to English interpreting.

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Advanced Interpreting For Police Interviews

This course is aimed at qualified interpreters who have experience of working in police settings or those looking to improve their knowledge base before beginning work with the police.  Participants on this course will benefit from the experience of three highly skilled and experienced professionals; Byron Campbell, Helen Walker and Tanvir Ahmed.

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Interpreting in Medical Settings

This course is aimed at interpreters who have experience of working in medical settings or those looking to improve their knowledge base before starting work in this domain.

Participants on this course will benefit from the experience of three highly skilled and experienced professionals; Byron Campbell, Radha Manjeshwar and Di Phaisey.

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BSL Linguistics - top up

This two day ‘BSL Linguistics – top up’ course is delivered by Rachel Sutton-Spence, PhD, and eminent BSL Linguistics expert, and is taught in BSL.  It is ideal for those who are teaching or studying at BSL Level 4 and above, and will provide the underpinning knowledge needed to describe the language, and answer any questions you may have when teaching or learning BSL.

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Introduction to Police Interpreting

The induction course for BSL interpreters covers a wide range of practical, professional, logistical, linguistic and dilemma issues; there is a clear chronological progression, starting from the initial point of contact through to safeguarding the interview and interpretation process.

Whether you are an interpreter with some or no police interview experience, this comprehensive programme will provide you with the essentials for working safely and confidently in police interviews.

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Introduction to Court Interpreting

Whether you are a BSL interpreter with some or no court experience, this comprehensive and thought-provoking programme is aimed at giving you the essential knowledge and behaviour to engender confident and professional working practices in the courtroom.

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Advanced English for interpreters

This two-day training course aims to improve BSL interpreters' use and comprehension of spoken English. Interpreting is a skill which requires proficiency in two languages; however, as most interpreters have English as their first or dominant language, our focus when training is on the acquisition and refinement of BSL.

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Intensive English to BSL Training Programme

This course would suit any working BSL interpreter wanting to improve/develop their ability to interpret more efficiently from spoken English into BSL. 

This highly practical programme has been especially designed to give you the greatest amount of practice and feedback possible in a safe and nurturing setting.

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Bespoke Courses

We are able to tailor all of our courses to suit your organisation's bespoke needs including content, class size, location etc.

Our offices are situated in the Midlands, therefore we are ideally based to travel anywhere in the country and deliver our award-winning training services at your premises, regardless of address. This flexible option can often produce a more cost-effective outcome for the receiving organisation, and this is why we encourage it wherever possible.

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Intensive BSL to English (voice-over) Training Programme

Do you want to make some serious improvements to your interpreting?  Do you want to get some in-depth and high quality feedback on your interpreting skills?

Then this programme may be just the one for you.

Places on this programme are very limited due to the intense nature of the day.

Not for the faint hearted!

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Training DVDs: Available now!

Sign Solutions has launched a set of innovative training DVDs developed by our Head of Interpreting and lead trainer, Byron Campbell. This series of DVDs offers interpreters a range of materials and exercises to practise and develop their interpreting skills.

 Order your copies now by emailing training@signsolutions.uk.com

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Interpreting the Police Caution - DVD

Byron Campbell, our Head Interpreter and lead trainer, has recently developed the ‘Interpreting the Police Caution' DVD, which is dedicated to helping interpreters tackle the problems which can arise during this tricky procedure.

Order your copy now by emailing training@signsolutions.uk.com

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Interpreting & other communication services

We are able to provide a full range of communication professionals available for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing users in any domain, be it legal, business, medical, educational, conference, community, theatre, etc: 

  • British Sign Language (BSL)/English Interpreters (NRCPD Registered)
  • Lipspeakers (NRCPD and/or Association of Lipspeakers Registered)
  • Deafblind interpreters: Visual Frame, HandsOn or Manual (NRCPD Registered)
  • Speech-to-text operators (Palantype and SpeedText) (NRCPD/BIVR or AVSTTR Registered)
  • Notetakers (electronic and manual [hand-written]) (NRCPD Registered)
  • Deaf Relay Interpreters (Language intermediaries for Deaf people who are not fluent in BSL)
  • Deaf Intermediaries: Deaf intermediaries to support vulnerable Deaf adults/children in legal proceedings (Home Office accredited)
  • BSL/English translations (video, DVD, website etc)
  • UK Registered Expert Witness Services (Interpreting/Translation issues)Lip-reading services (CCTV, covert surveillance, etc)

Is it ‘interpreter’ or ‘signer’?

Many people refer to Sign Language interpreters as ‘signers’, however this is an incorrect term. They describe a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter as a ‘signer’ because they use Sign Language, i.e. they sign in order to communicate. The common language for Deaf people in the UK is BSL (British Sign Language); therefore these Deaf people require interpreters for many aspects of life.

There is no one way to interpret – interpretation is subjective to the interpreter (or ‘signer’ as some hearing people incorrectly term them), therefore every interpretation will be different.

The company was launched as the first independent Sign Language interpreting agency, and here at Sign Solutions, we are Sign Language specialists, i.e. we specialise in the field of BSL (British Sign Language) and interpreting. Our reputation is well established within the industry of interpreting; 75% of all NRCPD interpreters are registered with us and take freelance work through us. We are now one of Britain’s leading providers of interpretation and translation services.

We are available 24/7, and offer competitive rates with no administration charges.

BSL (British Sign Language) Translations

Translation is a carefully prepared and considered piece of work involving the translation of written text from one language to another. It is performed by a translator, and it is different to an interpretation; it is more exact.

A ‘for information’ translation, also  known as a ‘sight translation’, is an accurate but unpolished piece of work that is produced in-house using a camcorder (English to BSL) or using standard printing and letter/document formats, or alternatively, audio tape (BSL to English).  They are produced faster and much more cheaply than a publication translation.  Sight translation is suitable for letters or information that is intended for individual/personal use only.  Examples range from an explanation of a leaflet to court/tribunal judgements.

Sight translations

Sight translation is suitable for letters, video-letters or information that is intended for individual/personal use only. Examples range from an explanation of a leaflet to court/tribunal judgements.

Public Translations

A ‘publication translation’ requires a much higher standard of preparation, accuracy, fidelity, clarity and quality and will be filmed in a professional recording studio. The final product will reflect the style/image of the source material and of your company/product.

Publication translations are required for any documents where it is important to portray a professional image.

Because they are filmed in professional recording studios, the cost will be greater than that of a sight translation.

It is almost always preferable to use a Deaf presenter for ‘publication translations’. This is because the Deaf person will have first language fluency and this creates an instant rapport with your Deaf audience. The majority of BSL (British Sign Language) interpreters (or ‘signers’ as some hearing people incorrectly term them) only have second language fluency and their translations can be immediately recognised as a non-native production. This is because the BSL (British Sign Language) may not flow as smoothly as it should, i.e. word order or choice of vocabulary may be unduly influenced by the English source text. It is equivalent to listening to a heavily accented and perhaps ungrammatical foreign person presenting in English. This lowers the quality of your product and can often alienate your client.  Using a Deaf person will not usually incur any extra expense.

With Sign Solutions you can be sure that the final product will be an accurate and high quality translation.

BSL (British Sign Language) & Interpreter Training

We are an award-winning and accredited NVQ6 Training & Assessment Centre dedicated to the provision of high-quality training, assessment, monitoring and continuing professional development (CPD) for BSL/English Interpreters and other professionals who use BSL (British Sign Language) on a regular basis. We also provide Deaf Awareness Training and Levels 1-6 BSL (British Sign Language) courses for individuals and organisations.

We can deliver training courses anywhere in the UK, and can tailor the training to suit your needs; therefore the training will be bespoke. This can be done for any course: BSL (British Sign Language), Interpreting or Deaf Awarene.

Our course portfolio includes:

Level 6 NVQ Diploma, Sign Language Interpreting
Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL (British Sign Language)
BSL/Interpreting Level 6 Development Training
NVQ3 in BSL (British Sign Language)
BSL (British Sign Language) Level 1
BSL (British Sign Language) Level 2
Deaf Awareness face-to-face training & via e-learning
Introduction to BSL (British Sign Language) Linguistics
Induction into Police & Magistrates’ Court Interpreting
Professional Deaf Relay training
Introduction to Interpreting in Mental Health Settings
Advanced English for Interpreters
Language Processing & Coping Strategies
Intensive Voice-Over Training (BSL-to-English)
Intensive English-to-BSL Training
Totally CPD (a chance to earn all your CPD points in one course)

Sign Solutions provide the largest range of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training courses of any UK Sign Language agency; therefore if you are a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter, who is looking to develop your interpretation skills and knowledge of interpreting and BSL (British Sign Language), why not sign up to one of our CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training courses?

Innovations

We offer various innovations available to both Deaf and hearing people – whether an interpreter or not – to assist in communication between the two communities. In addition to in-house training, we provide Deaf Awareness via e-learning; this method raining is available online and so provides an alternative to Deaf Awareness training face-to-face. The user(s) will receive a certificate of Deaf Awareness upon completion of the course.

In addition, we offer a finger-spelling app which provides the first steps for a hearing person to communicate with a Deaf person. It teaches the user how to spell their name in BSL (British Sign Language), and the finger-spelling is demonstrated by a Deaf presenter.

Our Head Interpreter has also developed a range of Training DVDs which aim to help interpreters improve their BSL (British Sign Language) kills. Each training DVD contains two discs: one for interpreting English-to-BSL and the other for interpreting BSL-to-English. Each individual nstructured CPD points when completed.

He has developed a supplementary DVD which is designed specifically to assist interpreters working in police settings. Police cautions can often cause difficulties, and this DVD is designed to assist interpreters in interpreting this challenging procedure. The DVD is intended to be used as a guideline for interpreters; it features three Deaf people providing alternative ways of interpreting the caution.

Expert Witness

Here at Sign Solutions we offer a diverse team of expert witnesses. An Expert Interpreter/Witness is someone who has specialised knowledge in BSL (British Sign Language), beyond that of a regular BSL interpreter, and can advise and/or work with counsel on specific language and cultural issues relevant to Deaf people, British Sign Language and Interpretation. They can provide accurate transcripts of police interviews with Deaf people, and verify the accuracy of in-court interpretations. Expert witnesses are indispensable in high-profile legal assignments.

It is inevitable that interpreters will make mistakes, and without establishing that the Deaf person understands what is being asked of them during the interview/court hearing and verifying the accuracy of every minute aspect of interpretation, the outcome of the court case could very well be compromised. Sign Solutions currently offers six Expert Witnesses.