HAMPSHIRE Chamber member Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) has had employees speaking to school pupils, university students and new graduates as part of its efforts to shape the future of the translation industry.

It recently forged a new link with Farnham Heath End School through the Inspiring the Future scheme, which enables schools to connect with inspirational volunteers from the world of work.

Translation team leader Chloe Jones visited the school to deliver talks to Year 9 students as part of their careers week and to Year 10 GCSE students studying French and German, helping to open their eyes to different career options and careers with languages.

Chloe gave an insight into working with languages, as well as pathways into this field of work, at both pre- and post-degree level.

Mrs J Sarrazin, the school's head of modern foreign languages, said: “It was fascinating for students to learn about the differences between interpreting and translation, and the wide range of opportunities that are available to linguists in these areas of work.”

STB also wants to support university translation students who are hoping to break into the industry.

In May 2022, its resource management team attended the annual University of Surrey careers fair, organised by the Translation Faculty.

Resource manager Indi Kaur and the then-resource coordinator Leila Vaníčková gave a presentation on STB’s history, the services offered, the qualities it looks for when recruiting new linguists and how freelance translators can apply to work with them.

After this, students had the opportunity to visit the companies in attendance at their stands and ask questions.

Maria Dunkley, German to English MA graduate, said: "It was really interesting to hear all about Surrey Translation Bureau and gain some insight into your company and the industry as a whole.”