Tier 3 linguist travels over 500 miles to interpret in court
Today I met a Latvian interpreter from Stirling. No qualification in interpreting. He took the ALS test in Glasgow. He got in Tier 3.
He is inundated with work from ALS. Next week he is going to do a court job in Cornwall. (Look at the map! As I say he is from Stirling!) Before he registered with ALS he had absolutely no experience in court or police work.
Last week he had to go to Bradford to a police station to get a statement from an accused. He was left with him alone. When he was ready, a policewoman came in and said it was too short and asked to do a longer one. Then he was left alone again with the accused to make a longer one.
What has become of our profession?