Qualified Interpreter, Lead Tutor and A1 Assessor - Trainee Internal Quality Assurer
BA Ed (QTS Hons) RSLI, MVLP, TQAC
Training and Assessment Team
Course Leader, Assessor & Teacher
Stephen has been involved in the Liverpool Deaf Community for the past 20 years and he has been a Community Interpreter for the past 16 years, working in a broad variety of domains. Stephen first started formally learning BSL at the age of 15 but came into interpreting after first training as a teacher, completing the BA Ed (QTS) at Liverpool Hope University. However he decided that he wanted to pursue his other passion; sign language. Therefore he completed his NVQ 4 in BSL and NVQ 4 in Interpreting at Sign Solutions whilst training and working as a teacher; he qualified as RSLI when he was just 23.
Stephen's career as an interpreter started whilst working for what was the largest Deaf Organisation in the North West where he worked in their interpreting department for 6 ½ years and was responsible for the supervision and mentoring of their in-house interpreting team. After becoming freelance, Stephen has worked with a range of organisations to establish and deliver mentorship programs and training for in-house interpreters. He has now developed a range of CPD courses and in early 2013 he became a qualified assessor after completing the Teaching and Quality Assurance Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQC) at The City of Liverpool College. Stephen is now training to become an Internal Quality Assurer and is due to qualify in late 2018.
Stephen is now the lead tutor on the NVQ 6 Diploma in BSL-English Interpreting programmes and is responsible for coordinating the team of assessors and for curriculum management to ensure that the students we support through the qualification at the centre are sucessful.
In addition to interpreting and training, he has also been a regional rep for ASLI; he was one of the co-founders of the Janus Project; and he has also been a presenter at the ASLI conference, which he remembers as a "fantastic experience". Outside of work, Stephen loves to read and doesn't go anywhere without his tablet; however he also has three young children and can often be found being 'forced' to watch cartoons!