Place Category: Business Services
STEP Training and Learning provides interpreting and translation services throughout Northern Ireland, with currently 250 interpreters available across the region, our interpreting service covers 30 languages. Languages range from Russian to Tetum, Lithuanian to Polish.All provision is co-ordinated and quality-controlled by the interpreting and translation team. All registered interpreters have undergone accredited training before acceptance onto our register. Most are recruited from the multi-lingual migrant population.
Since 2004 STL, initially as part of the NIMEITS partnership and subsequently on its own, has been the sole provider of face-to-face interpreting for the Department of Employment and Learning and the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland. STL has continued to build on this initial success by securing contracts with HSC BSO as provider of face-to-face Interpreting within the NIHSC and NEELB providing face-to-face Interpreting to all five NI education library boards and their affiliated schools. We also provide interpreting services to some of Northern Ireland and the UK’s best known businesses.
Some of the areas in which we specialise include:
– Social services
– Legal matters
STL maintain a register of experienced translators qualified at degree level. We offer translations in over 30 languages from Bulgarian to Tetum, Russian to Creole. We also retain the services of one of the world’s leading translation agencies as back up provision to our own service to ensure that we can meet your every translation need.
Our training department has always championed its values of self-help and independent learning, enabling individuals to make their mark by empowering themselves through training and learning. Our team of highly professional and approachable tutors are committed to the development and provision of bespoke training programmes, delivering high quality training to members of the community.
The Footprint training team remain committed to meeting individual training needs, ensuring that our clients receive maximum benefit from their learning experience in a familiar and welcoming environment. Our centre is accredited with a number of national awarding bodies including:City and Guilds OCR NIOCN STL have also been contracted as an outreach learning centre for several successful long term training schemes, including the Learner Access and Engagement Scheme and Steps to Work. Both schemes are undertaken in partnership with South West College and funded by the Department of Education and Learning.
We also offer peace building and conflict resolution training for women in conjunction with TWN at our centre.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_STL-Ltd.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Managing space for local community
Currently STL is focussed on managing The Junction, a new Shared Community Space, built right at the heart of Dungannon's neighbourhood renewal area. The property is owned by our parent company STEP and STL manages the venue to ensure it meets the needs of both the local community and fits with the charitable objectives of the owners.
The three main tenants are all charities, STEP, Willowbank Resource Centre and Inspire Mental Health. Around one third of the 26000 square foot property is available for short term room rental, with available spaces varying in size accommodating meetings from 10 people up to 225 in our conference space.
STL works hard to ensure that we bring in service providers not based within this area to offer their services to this community. The income from the room rentals will in time subsidise the rent charged to the three charities based within the building.
STL continues to offer interpreting and translation services, primarily to ensure equality of access to services for non English speakers. All profits are donated to our parent charity.
2) Measures of activity
The Junction opened in late March 2016 after a 12 month build period, and in the 6 months from April to July we have had over 13,000 people enter the building.
This will include local residents visiting the tenants, attending classes etc, or just sitting in the 2,000 sqft public foyer. It will also include people from outside this area attracted to one of the many events, meetings or classes that we now accommodate.
3) Benefiting local communities
We have enabled service provision to be brought right to the doorstep of the most deprived residents in the area. This has benefited the residents but also the charities now based here.
For example, Inspire, formally know as The Beacon Centre, were based nearby in an old property that had been deemed unsafe with certain areas marked as no go zones. They offer a vital service to their day users and were having to operate across a number of venues to ensure safety. Since moving to The Junction they are able to offer everything under one roof. They are able to fully occupy their permanent office space, and rent the additional spaces they require as and when needed.