Newquay-based translation and localisation company, AJT, has been awarded the 2019 ITI Corporate Award for its Graduate Junior Translator Scheme. Managing Director Anja Jones accepted the award at this year’s ITI Conference in Sheffield on Friday 10th May.
AJT launched the scheme in 2018, to encourage and support translation graduates as they begin their careers in the translation market. The scheme involves recruiting recent graduates with little or no experience, for a six-month period, giving them live translation work and providing them with regular feedback from AJT’s experienced editors.
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this award, and to get industry recognition for our efforts in helping the next generation of translators,” explains Anja Jones. “I began my translation career as a freelancer nine years ago, and know all too well how difficult it can be to get started. With this scheme, we are able to offer graduates a structured start to their careers, in what can be a fiercely competitive marketplace.”
In 2018, there were 13 participants on the scheme, all of whom successfully graduated and have since become part of AJT’s regular freelance translator pool.
“The scheme was extremely well received and the feedback from the participants has been unanimously positive. So much so that we are now running the scheme every year,” continues Anja. “The graduates from our scheme are fresh, keen and grateful to AJT for giving them a break. By offering regular work and providing constructive feedback, graduates are able to gain experience in a safe and collaborative environment, learn from more experienced peers and build their portfolios. A perfect start for their careers as translators.”
AJT share this year’s ITI Corporate Award, as joint winners, with Surrey Translation Bureau.
AJT is a Newquay-based translation and localisation company specialised in international marketing and corporate communication. AJT is a regional language vendor for the European market, with a particular focus on English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
AJT supplements its team of in-house linguists with a network of over 150 freelancers, and translates approximately a million carefully considered words per month for some of the world’s best-known brands.
Contact: Anja Jones, Managing Director
The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) is the only UK-based independent professional membership association for practising translators, interpreters and language services businesses.
Founded in 1986 and with over 3,000 members, both in the UK and internationally, they are a significant resource within the industry.