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Languages, Information and Culture

What's happening locally

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Gloucestershire

  • Voluntary opportunities are available in the Council's libraries throughout Gloucestershire - voluntary experience is helpful for future job applicants. Other libraries/archives include those in the University of Gloucestershire, Hartpury College, Cirencester College and in hospitals across the county

  • Educational institutions which teach languages, either alone or as part of another course, could offer opportunities although professional teaching qualifications will usually be required.

  • GCHQ (the Government Communications Headquarters) in Cheltenham employs linguists in a vast range of languages.  According to their website, a GCHQ language analyst needs to be an expert in at least 2 languages but also know about cultural issues, current affairs, social and religious issues and other background relating to the countries in which their language is spoken.

  • The ability to speak another language would be useful for any of the hotels and conference centres in Gloucestershire which host visitors from overseas - the Cotswolds in particular attract tourists, especially the Japanese (about 50,000 are estimated to visit each year .... and Moreton in Marsh train station has Japanese signs to welcome them).

  • Although there are around 30 non-profit museums/galleries and heritage properties in Gloucestershire, only a very few will take on paid workers.   

Examples of languages, information and culture employers in Gloucestershire (NB voluntary opportunities may be more likely than paid ones)