Irish speakers are being encouraged to sign up for a competition for translator posts at the European Union.
Galway West TD and Minister for Irish, the Gaeltacht, and the Islands Seán Kyne is strongly encouraging people with Irish to apply for translator positions with the EU.
In order to get a permanent position as a translator at any EU institution, an application must first succeed in a particular competition which is organised for this purpose.
The European Personnel Selection Office organises competitions for ‘contract agents’ – which are called CAST competitions.
These competitions form the list of people who qualify for permanent positions, temporary work, or fixed term contracts as translators.
Depending on the institutes, the individual to whom the contract is offered would have to relocate wherever it is based such as Brussels or Luxemborg.
This is not only a great chance to put your Irish to use and promote its status as a language, but to travel and work abroad at the heart of Europe.
“This competition provides Irish language speakers with new opportunities for professional development and international travel,” said Seán Kyne.
To qualify for this position, an applicant must be able to speak two recognised EU languages, for which Irish and English qualify.
“Those chosen shall have the opportunity to improve their skills in a third language also, whilst they are working in Europe,” added Minister Kyne.
This competition is being run by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office).
Applications may be made to the recruitment competition on the website https://epso.europa.eu/job-opportunities/cast/3492/description_ga.
“This is a good opportunity for individuals who wish to spend time working as translators in the European institutions, to fully experience advice and assistance from colleagues, as well as receiving regular feedback on their work.”
The Minister finished by encouraging fluent Irish speaker to consider applying for these well paid positions.