Way With Words

An Empowering Youth InitiativesProject

Way with words


WAY WITH WORDS is a 20 week intensive career development program informing CaLD youth aged between 15 and 24 years about the occupations of Interpreting and Translating. It will enable participating youth to explore the occupations as alternative and complementary career pathways, or as supplementary or part-time income.        The program will deliver intensive career development sessions and a creative project.

Who can participate in WAY WITH WORDS?

Any CaLD youth aged between 15 and 24 years will be offered a chance to join the program. In partnership with the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre we will promote and advertise the project, and liaise through the education, community and job services networks to invite eligible youth to participate. It does not matter if you cannot speak English, nor if you cannot read or write English. Any single or multiple language speaker within the age range is welcome to attend.

Career Development Activities to be undertaken

The calendar of sessions and events will include:

  • What is the job of interpreters and translators and where are some of the workplaces you'll find them?
  • Meet the Professional Interpreter & Translator
  • TIS National and NAATI: What do they do, how, and where they do it?
  • How and where do interpreters actually work; and home based business
  • Tertiary Education Pathways: How a second language can gain university entry
  • Improving your English skills - the bridge to opportunity
  • Reverse CV session - meet someone with a NAATI certification and hear their story
  • Online Courses - pros and cons
  • MyFutures  - Career Profiling and Resources & help to plan your pathway

Funded Excursions and visits to workplaces using Interpreters

The program will also offer fully funded visits and excursions for participants, so they can see the occupation ‘at work’ in real life settings, including:

  • WA Police Community Policing program
  • WA Department of Justice  - Court services and Interpreter and Translator supports
  • National Accreditation Authority for Translator and Interpreters (NAATI)
  • WA Department of Health

The WAY WITH WORDS Creative project activity

As an integral part of having fun with words and language, participants will be invited to self-identify a creative group project for delivery - online, print, or performance media is amongst the many options. Together, they will work as a team to produce a translated creation. By the end of the project participants will be supported to launch their production. Youth will be guided to explore and discover how they will present the production in multiple languages.

What other Support will WAY WITH WORDS offer?

The GSEDC has an Empowering Youth Initiatives team of qualified youth workers, who will offer up to four individual career and goal planning sessions with participating youth who are interested in progressing or setting a pathway toward these occupations.

What will WAY WITH WORDS Cost?

That is simple … the answer is nothing … and we will even cover transport costs to help you attend.