AALC Internship Partnership Program (IPP)
Inspired by the European ELIA Exchange, the AALC Intern Partnership Program (IPP) is the response to an increased awareness that graduates from translation programs are not always equipped, from the employer’s point of view, with all the skills necessary to begin being part of a productive team without significant training provided by the employer. The initiative seeks to create a multi-faceted approach to enhance professional development by facilitating cooperative partnerships between the industry and academia. The AALC wants to develop an exchange program between language service providers (LSPs) and university faculties, and develop a partnership program connecting LSPs, universities and students to improve the internship process for all.
Who can participate?
- Students or recent graduates of university level translation studies
- AALC members
- Universities seeking to take part will be asked to join the AALC as use of the AALC IPP program is free to all members
Students that find internships through the AALC IPP can feel secure that they will gain useful experience and skills helping to prepare them for their careers. AALC IPP facilitated internships provide students the reassurance that all companies offering opportunities within the program are AALC member companies and have committed to conducting business ethically and investing in the growth and professionalization of the language industry through their engagement and relationships.
This is still early days and whilst we are learning from our European colleagues, we need to ensure that our unique Australian T&I landscape is taken into account. We therefore invite all education providers and other industry stakeholders to our AALC Conference on 23rd July to celebrate its launch and to discuss the development of this initiative in detail.
AALC President, Tea Dietterich, attended the conference dinner of the French Chamber of Translation Companies (CNET) in Paris in March just before heading to the GALA Conference in Seville. It was a memorable evening with lively exchange between French and other European LSPs. The AALC also regularly attends the Dutch Association of Language Companies events, as well as GALA and ELIA conferences. These events offer good opportunities to see how other national associations of language companies work, what their priorities and goals are and where the industry is heading in terms of standards, technology, industrial labours laws and other important aspects.
For more information on the CNET conference, please click here: http://www.cnetfrance.org/conf2015/cnet_conf_photo2015.pdf
AALC President and GALA Board Member Tea Dietterich has just returned from the Annual GALA Conference 2015 in Seville. The Annual GALA Language of Business conferences are advanced educational and networking events where localization leaders collectively discuss, share, and debate best practices and emerging trends in translation, localization, and language technologies. The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is the world’s leading trade association for the language industry. As a non-profit organization, they provide resources, education, advocacy, and research for thousands of global companies.
Tea has been attending the GALA conferences since 2013, her first one was GALA Monaco 2013. Tea has started to work closely with GALA and its member companies ever since, introduced language technology to Australia and broadened her horizon on collaborative industry approaches.
GALA Sevilla offered a welcoming and inclusive community atmosphere for localization professionals to learn, share and network. It was yet again a valuable time to make connections, collaborate, and use collective intelligence to drive the future of the language enterprise says Tea Dietterich.
It was also Tea’s first conference as GALA board member and she enjoyed the responsibility of board meetings, explaining GALA’s mission to other members being part of the GALA member meetings and already starting to prepare for the year ahead.
The most important aspect is to find inspiration and motivation amongst her peers. Energised and refreshed, Tea has come back with new ideas for AALC members and has also created awareness of AALC member companies worldwide. AALC member companies can provide language services to clients internationally and AALC presence at international localization events is imperative to put Australia and NZ on the map. Providing translations and other language services is not enough anymore today. It’s about finding the right language solutions for our corporate clients in a collaborative approach as AALC members prefer to be rather the language partner than just the provider.
Dear AALC Members,
We trust that you have all had a good start into the New Year and we look forward to seeing many of you throughout 2015. It’s important to us to engage and empower the membership.
We know that member companies who are actively involved with the association derive more value from their membership, and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to involve even more of your colleagues in accessing our programming including our webinars and events.
The industry stakeholders have by now well and truly embraced AALC as important members of the industry. The AALC receives regular invitations to industry round tables and events, has an AALC representative at the NAATI PRG, the NAATI RAC and the NAATI Trainers’ Symposium as well as having been invited to the government organized “Translating and Interpreting Sector Roundtable Discussion November 2014”, and a range of other industry workshops. The AALC will have a presence in Canberra on Friday, 27 February, at the upcoming Government Forum for the DHS Creative & Design Panel Members’ and continue to engage other LSPs and general industry stakeholders. We are a growing organisation that can really make a difference in how to shape our industry so we welcome your opinions and feedback and above all, your participation.
The AALC had a trade exhibitor table at the 2014 National AUSIT Conference last year in Brisbane and had a slot in the program for an AALC panel informing the audience about the AALC and listening to concerns. It was a full house. Events in Melbourne and Sydney last year saw Tool vendors and Tertiary Institutions embracing AALC, as well as conference interpreting equipment suppliers and international business service suppliers.
In New Zealand in 2014, AALC gave an introduction talk at the NZSTI annual conference and conducted a round table discussion between AALC members attending the event.
2015 will see continued NZ activity with an AALC event at the NZTC 30th Birthday evening in Wellington on Friday 26 June. The AALC will also have a presence at the NZSTI Conference in Wellington. We will suggest having an AALC panel on the Saturday or Sunday conference days, 27/28 June, as we did at the AUSIT Conference. Last but not least, we plan an AALC Trans-Tasman Function at the end of July, possibly in Christchurch.
We take this opportunity to invite you to visit the AALC website www.aalc.org.au and use the marketplace section with offers from our associate members, the resources area for those who missed the webinars last year. These are recorded and at your disposal. If you require your log in to be sent to you again, please contact our Administration Officer Julie Barry on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you in 2015 or talking with you online soon!
AALC Board of Directors
Tea Dietterich, President
Jerzy Brodzki, VP – AUS
Hagen Issell, VP – NZ
Dominic Carter, Secretary & Treasurer
Geoff Meakin, Communication Officer
Georgiana Poulter, Board Member