As one of the world’s largest language services providers, we see the growing demand for translation and interpreting services required to support our clients’ global business goals whilst witnessing a national decline in the number of UK students studying languages at university. As a large employer of language graduates, we believe we have a role to play in encouraging the next generation to consider a degree in languages and support those who may not have the financial means to complete their studies.
As a result, we launched a scholarship programme in collaboration with The University of Manchester to encourage students from lower income families to complete a degree in modern languages. Named after RWS’s Chairman, Andrew Brode, the ‘RWS Brode Scholarship Programme’ will support a total of 50 undergraduate students who join the university between 2019 and 2021 from a state school.
As part of the scholarship programme, our staff, many of whom are linguists, will act as mentors to the students, offering support with their studies and guidance on future career opportunities. To offer students first-hand experience of working in the language services industry, we will also be running summer internships and work placements, with the potential for full-time graduate roles on completion of their studies.