Berlin/Helsinki – January 2015. Industry professionals from Finnish language service providers AAC Global, AranchoDoc Nordic, Delingua, Lingsoft, Maris Multilingual and Semantix as well as technology experts from Kilgray, Memsource, Plunet and SDL will cover different portions of the course content. The course will run as an independent regional project with affiliations to both GALA’s Global Talent programme and ELIA’s Exchange initiative. The curriculum for the course was created by Anu Carnegie-Brown of Sandberg Translation Partners Ltd.
The course, which started on 5 January 2015 and will last until May, comprises three weeks of classroom-based learning as well as independent self-study exercises. The topics cover the global translation market, job opportunities in the translation industry, language technology including CAT and QA tools, translation management systems and machine translation solutions, as well as a project management workshop and two books written by industry practitioners.
In a one-day session, Peggy Grafe, Head of Implementation at Plunet, and Katja Virtanen, CEO of the well-established translation agency Delingua, will present the daily operations of a professional language service provider implementing modern translation management technology. The students will learn about the business management software Plunet BusinessManager, and get a valuable insight into the work environment of a translation agency. A closing workshop will give the students the opportunity to gain some hand-on experience as project managers, as they will get the chance to simulate a full translation workflow in Plunet BusinessManager.
While preparing the students for the workplace and managing their expectations, the project aims higher than merely complementing gaps in translator training at one particular university. It sets out to create best practices for the global translation industry and demonstrates that commercially viable win-win partnerships can be established through altruistic, voluntary knowledge sharing.