We get this question a lot here at The Language Banc (TLB) and we’re always happy to welcome new interpreters to the team. The first thing to know is that at TLB we are committed to the success of each of our interpreters. We support our team with training and great opportunities to grow in the field.

Our interpreters need to meet Minnesota Department of Health requirements, but that’s just the start. At The Language Banc, we ask for a higher level of training and professionalism.

The Basics

  • First, we ask all of our interpreters to provide basic information like immunization records, two forms of ID and ensure they are listed in the Minnesota State Health Department Roster of Interpreters.

Training

  • Our interpreters complete a 40 hour TLB training course to ensure they understand the nuances of the work in a healthcare setting. We want our interpreters to have the very top skills in the business and avoid costly errors. Interpretation errors can lead to mistakes, misunderstandings, lost benefits and ultimately poor outcomes.
  • Training covers healthcare specifics like ethics and conduct, positioning terminology, intervention strategies, cultural mediation, and other vital skills and protocols.
  • The 40 hours of training also includes role plays, activities and group exercises give our interpreters hands-on experience. Video segments offer demonstrations, and the program comes with the most comprehensive training manual in the field.

We are always looking for interpreters to join our team at The Language Banc. Currently we have a need for interpreters in Karen, Somali, and Spanish and many, many more. Do you speak a language and want a job that will make real difference for people in your community?

Give us a call at 651-964-2730 and speak with Mengna about how to get started as an interpreter!

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