Court 'Interpreters' being sent to Fire Service College
You might be aware that Capita acquired the Fire Service College, the award-winning leader in fire and emergency response training, for £10 million. The Fire Service College, located in Moreton in Marsh - Gloucestershire, gets clients from all over the world, including: the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Some of their delegates can't speak in English, so therefore Capita has tried improving their Fire Service College by bringing their very own, cheap, 'Interpreters' to assist the delegates.
So now, as you can see, the court 'Interpreters' which work for Capita are now being sent to the Fire Service College, to interpret for the delegates who are being trained for emergency response; I just hope they can interpret accurately.
Anyway, Capita called me up and offered me a 3 month interpretation project at the Fire Service College before it was actually official that Capita had acquired the College. I gave it a go, but I didn't really like it because it was actually quite hard compared to Court Interpreting but it actually looked like Capita hired their best interpreters which have been on the NRPSI.
However, Capita had told me that I had to arrive the night prior to the day I interpret for the delegates. So, it becomes clear that Capita don't trust its interpreters and know that they are unreliable.
Now let’s get to the interesting part, the rates. The normal day is 8:30 to 17:30 with a 1 hour lunch at about 12:00, so for the day (8 hours of full interpreting) you just get paid a flat fee of £140. That's the amount of 7 hours interpreting in a court. But what was different was that they paid me door-to-door travel time and of course millage.
Therefore, Capita pay you less, for harder work.
But on the other hand, Capita do give you free accommodation (which is on-site but not nice at all), they also give you free food; including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, there is a bar, gym, swimming pool and some small shops.
It does look quite appealing, doesn't it? But it does mean leaving your family for 5 days in the week and giving you only 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) to go back home and spend it with your loved ones.
If any of you, Interpreters, have been to the Fire Service College, please leave a comment.