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The ITI has a very well-developed system of networks and regional groups. There are networks for many 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, as well as the Interpreters’ network. And there are the ITI regional groups, together with associated regional organisations, not affiliated to the ITI but sharing information and jointly publicising events and services offered to their members.

So a translator working say from German to English, specialising in Media, the Arts and Tourism, and living in Scotland, can be a member of three networks or groups. Each one will have a small subscription, to cover administrative costs. Most groups publish a newsletter, two or three times a year. Several now have websites and e-groups. There is a full calendar of events organised during the year, which are publicised across the ITI through the bulletin.

Membership of a group brings many advantages, such as a sense of belonging, association with colleagues, access to plenty of support and information. There is the social life, very well developed in some of the groups. There is the professional development strand, through courses, workshops and seminars on particular topics. The networks and groups also have their own directories, sometimes in printed form, sometimes on the 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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