The Chartered Institute of Linguists Launches a New Business Partnership Scheme

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The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) announces the launch of a new partnership scheme to bring businesses and large corporations in closer collaboration.

Organisations that become a CIOL partner agree to follow these values which represent a starting point for continually improving the standing of qualified linguists:

  • Strive to improve the quality of service provided to customers by using members or qualified CIOL translators and interpreters
  • Be open regarding rates and commission with CIOL members and qualified CIOL translators and interpreters
  • Promote wellbeing within the industry
  • Respect diversity and cultures
  • Share examples of best practice to improve industry standards

We are delighted to welcome the first organisations to become partners: The Language Shop, a social enterprise delivering language services, Hu Lian Translation, a Beijing based language service provider, and Tie Services Ltd, a provider of translation, interpreting and language education services based in the UK.

CIOL has, for over 100 years, worked with language professionals to improve their standing in the business world. Over time the role of linguists – how their skills have evolved and how they interact with other parts of the profession – has changed. In particular, the impact of technology has sped up this process in recent years. To meet these new challenges, CIOL has developed a Partnership scheme to offer businesses and corporate organisations a direct way of interacting with, as well as displaying their support of, the industry by aligning with CIOL’s values. 

We believe the best way to raise the profile of languages and those who work in the profession is to act collectively, with CIOL continuing to represent professionals in every sector and those who care about languages and culture.

The Partnership programme is another step in creating a consistent approach to encouraging more, qualified linguists to be involved in the profession – right from the point of being inspired by a love of languages, through to education, and finally to working within the profession.

TLS believes that this partnership with CIOL presents an opportunity to set a higher standard of excellence that language agencies have to meet and allows organisations to protect the service users that depend on us to provide high quality and professional language services” said The Language Shop.

CIOL Chair of Council Judith Gabler said: “CIOL is delighted to launch the new Business and Corporate Partnership scheme with three companies of such high standing. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with them, and other organisations from around the world as the number of partners grows.”

Frank Kong of Hu Lian Translation, Beijing, added: “We are proud and honoured to be a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. We believe this affiliation will allow both parties to be mutually productive and to contribute positively to the translation and linguistic industries.”

If you are an organisation based anywhere in the world that works as part of the languages profession, please follow this link to see how you could become a CIOL Business or Corporate Partner.

About CIOL

CIOL is the leading professional membership body for people using foreign language skills at work, with 7,000 members worldwide. It is the only organisation that can offer Chartership, a badge of quality and competence. Through CIOL Qualifications, we deliver fully regulated professional language qualifications. Find out more here.