Accredited training specialist, the International School of Linguists Limited (ISL) is the first such company to secure PAIT approval for its police CPD training courses.

Through the Police Approved Interpreters and Translators (PAIT) scheme, interpreters and translators who hold the required vetting, qualifications and experience will be approved by Leicestershire Police to undertake police assignments for all police forces across the country.  

ISL work with a network of skilled and experienced assessors and tutors to provide specialist training and testing to help linguists achieve qualifications and continuous professional development. ISL are now able to offer PAIT approved CPD training courses to linguists which will help them to increase their knowledge of tens of common offences such as driving offences, harassment, and theft. It will also give less experienced linguists the opportunity to receive a useful introduction to police interpreting. 

Commenting on the initiative, Mark Lewis, National Police Contract Manager for Language Services said: “I believe the regular updating of knowledge by interpreters who undertake police assignments is crucial to their ability to assist police with investigations where any person interacting with the police does not have a good command of the English language or is deaf. Legislation and procedures change from time to time, and it is important that the police ensure interpreters are kept up to date with those changes.”

“CPD and on-line training providers such as ISL are now being supported by the PAIT Scheme to ensure suitable awareness and CPD material is provided with PAIT approval. In this way, the PAIT Interpreter may be assured that those courses, CPD events and online training packages approved by the PAIT Scheme, contain suitable material for assisting their understanding of police specific terms, legislation and procedures. They have been developed by trainers with specific police expertise.”

Nikola Davis, Learning and Quality Manager at ISL said: “We are delighted to start 2022 with PAIT approval for our CPD training courses.

We have created an exciting range of bite-sized training programmes which will increase the skills and confidence of linguists working with police forces around the country. It will also offer the linguist more opportunities.”

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About ISL

The International School of Linguists (ISL) is an Accredited Centre that has a proven track record in providing innovative support for linguists and developing interpreting and translation standards throughout the UK.

ISL works with a significant number of high-profile international companies and creates bespoke training and assessment solutions for both Government and Corporate clients.

Thousands of interpreters and translators throughout the world have already completed ISL’s unique training and assessment programmes to support their career development.

Offering online courses and tests as well as distance learning to suit all of your learning requirements, ISL interpreting and translation courses can be accessed on the online portal 24/7, with assessments taken at a time and place that suits to you.

For more information, please contact the ISL office on 0203 475 7771 or email