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BSL Interpreter
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/483/27975
  • Published: Mon 07/11/2022, 15:54 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 26/11/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Term Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 - £35,419 per annum (pro-rata)
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead or Woking

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BSL Interpreter

The salary for this position is £23,420 - £25,783 per annum based on a 36-hour working week, across 33 weeks per year (term-time) pro-rata to £32,173 - £35,419. The position is for 4 or 5 days per week (Monday-Friday or Monday - Thursday). 

The full-time equivalent salary is pro-rata to 33 'contact' work weeks in the year, to match the college academic year (September to June). Salary is paid in 12 monthly instalments throughout the year. 

Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your career in BSL (British Sign Language) interpreting?

Who are we?

Physical and Sensory Support (PSS) is a targeted specialist education service for defined and vulnerable young people.

The FHE16+ Team within PSS consists of 20+ Student Support Workers, BSL Interpreters (RSLI and TSLI), HE Student Support Tutors and Advisory Teachers for Sensory Impairment (Teachers of the deaf and Teachers of VI / MSI).

The Role

The BSL Interpreter post is a peripatetic role, providing BSL (and/or SSE) interpreting to students in colleges and universities in Surrey, at Surrey County Council buildings and occasionally remotely (online).

In the role you will work in partnership with a team of other professionals as part of PSS with vulnerable young people in educational settings, providing curriculum access to Further and Higher Education courses.

According to your individual skills and qualifications, you will be providing BSL interpreting and communication support to students in colleges and universities, as well as to colleagues in the team. You will occasionally be interpreting for deaf parents at school events and for deaf work colleagues attending training and occasional online or in-person work meetings. 

As this is a BSL Interpreter position, your main role will be as a BSL/English Interpreter, but there may be times when you will also provide communication support (including some notetaking) in-class. If required, you will be given additional in-house notetaker training.

You will need to have use of your own vehicle to travel to different bookings during the work day, covering bookings across Surrey between the hours of 9am and 5pm during 33 weeks of the year from September to July. You won't be required to work during standard college/school holiday periods (including half terms).

To be shortlisted for interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Qualified BSL/English Interpreter status, regulated by NRCPD (RSLI) OR
  • Trainee BSL/English Interpreter status, regulated by NRCPD (TSLI) with a level 6 qualification in BSL 
  • An ability to support students in further or higher education
  • Awareness of the communication and access requirements of deaf people 
  • Good communication and organisational skills 
  • Good IT skills, with experience using MS Word, Outlook and calendars
  • Flexibility to support students across Surrey from 9-5pm, with use of own car for business purposes
  • Ability to support students remotely, working from home as necessary

In this varied and exciting role, you will receive supervision, regular co-working opportunities in a supportive team, and the opportunity for CPD throughout the year.

Additional Information

This is a rolling advert, meaning that applications will be regularly reviewed and shortlisted. 

You will be allocated a work base at either Quadrant Court in Woking or Fairmount House in Leatherhead. A mileage allowance is paid for all additional travel to bookings (above home to work base commute) at 45p per mile.


  • A work laptop and mobile will be supplied to allow for agile working
  • Your NRCPD registration fees will be covered
  • Mileage allowance for additional travel (45p per mile)
  • Working in a team of Specialist Support Workers with regular coworking opportunities
  • Supervision and support opportunities
  • You will benefit from a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme

For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact James Fitzgerald (RSLI, Manager / Professional Lead for FHE16+ team, PSS) at