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European Graduate Placement Scheme

  • EGPS – project description

    Introduction to EGPS

    The European Graduate Placement Scheme (EGPS) aims to improve the employability of Masters in Translation graduates. The European Commission (Erasmus) funded five partners to develop the scheme over 30 months:

    • SkillsCFA, London (co-ordinating partner)
    • University of Salford
    • Pedagogical University of Cracow
    • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    • FTSK Mainz

    The scheme is now up and running and growing; around 30 more universities and 60 employers have joined the scheme.

    The EGPS approach

    The EGPS approach is holistic and flexible, providing models which may be adapted to suit the needs of individual institutions. The project includes:

    • a curriculum model for Masters in Translation programmes which supports the acquisition of a wide range of employability skills through authentic tasks, mirroring industry practices
    • a framework for practical work placements embedded within translation courses, enabling the student to gain real life experience of the profession. 

    This includes

    • occupational standards for European translation students on work placement, facilitating assessment and accreditation
    • placement handbooks in the main languages of the partnership countries containing guidance for the HEI, the employer/mentor and the student
    • a student portfolio including a reflective journal enabling mentors and HEI tutors to assess and assign credit for the work placement
    • a searchable database of employers offering placements.
    • partnerships between HE institutions and employers.

    By the end of their programmes, Masters graduates will have been able to put theory into practice in the classroom, then the workplace. Having experienced a commercial environment - abroad where possible – they will find it easier to find work in other countries as well as their own, and they will have developed the professional, social, intercultural and linguistic skills they need. They may even be hired by the company hosting their internship.

    The Benefits of EGPS

    Students will develop their professional, intercultural and language skills. They will find employment more easily and will have more opportunities to work abroad.
    Universities will develop a deeper understanding of the market for which they are preparing their students, ensuring that the programmes they offer are relevant and develop the right practical and theoretical skills. The research undertaken will lead to more effective teaching and learning, and further sharing of best practice across member states and institutions.
    Language Services Providers (and their clients) will benefit from

    • fresh ideas and excellent language competence
    • the opportunity to help train future translators and possible recruits
    • a better-skilled workforce.
  • Erasmus Project - reference number 526808-LLP-1-2012-1-UK—ERASMUS-ECUE



  • To develop a curriculum model for Translation Studies Master’s programmes which prepares students for employment
  • To establish occupational standards for European translation students on placement
  • To embed a practical work placement within translation courses enabling the student to gain real life experience of the profession
  • To develop a form of accreditation for work placements linked to the occupational standards
  • To develop a placement handbook in the main languages of the partnership countries containing guidance for the HEI, the employer/mentor and the student. The handbook will include a reflective journal which students will complete and which will be used by their HEI coordinator or tutor to assess and assign credit for the work placement
  • To develop effective partnerships between HE institutions and employers.
The EGPS curriculum model

The EGPS curriculum model

Work placements have traditionally complemented work done in the classroom by adding a practical but separate component to the theoretical and simulated-practice approach of university study. Don Kiraly’s team at FTSK have created a more holistic and project-based approach in which, following initial tuition, students take on a series of simulated and eventually real projects in the classroom, developing a range of skills with teacher support so that the placement is the next natural step. International mobility where possible then introduces a new dimension in that students not only move from classroom to workplace but also develop awareness of working cultures and practices in other countries.  Find out more here.

The EGPS Placement Handbooks

The EGPS Placement Handbooks

There are three handbooks: the Employer Handbook, the Student Handbook and the Student Portfolio. Use them with the Step by Step documents.

Some of our Business Partners

What students say about placements ?


There are five partner Higher Education Institutions participating in the Project.