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Why join?

ITI has a very well-developed system of networks and regional groups.There are networks for a range of languages, some of them single-language groups, others covering a group of languages. There are also subject networks, for translators working in particular fields of expertise, such as the Medical network, while the Interpreters’ network represents the interests of interpreters in ITI. Finally there are the ITI regional groups which, together with associated regional organisations, not affiliated to the ITI but sharing information and jointly publicising events and services offered to their members, give members an opportunity to meet up locally.

ITI's members can pick whichever groups or networks best suit their needs. For example, a translator, living in Edinburgh, working from German into English and specialising in the arts and tourism, could be a member of three networks or groups – the German Network, the Media, Arts and Tourism network and the Scottish Network. Quite often, these groups are known informally by a shortened version of their name, such as GerNet, the MAT network and ScotNet.

Groups are run by volunteers, and may charge a small subscription to cover administrative costs. Many groups publish a newsletter two or three times a year, and several have websites and e-groups. Regional groups in particular organise a full calendar of events throughout the year. These events, which include workshops and seminars, are publicised across ITI through the bulletin and the website.

Membership of a group brings many advantages, such as a sense of belonging, association with colleagues, access to plenty of support and information. Some of the groups also support their members' social life, through events ranging from Christmas meals to weekly pub nights.

Regional groups and networks also work with ITI to bring professional development courses, workshops and seminars on particular topics within the reach of their members, rather than requiring members to travel to London or elsewhere to attend. In addition, some publish their own directories of members, normally electronically through their website. and members of these groups, identified according to their ITI status, may find these a source of work providers. All members of the ITI are encouraged to join in at least one relevant group. They are organised by ordinary translators and interpreters, all volunteers. Supporting and participating in the life of the network is rewarding and useful, both personally and professionally.

 

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