The ATC acts as the voice of the translation industry in the UK, actively engaging with government to ensure its value to the economy is understood and the issues the industry is facing are on the agenda.
As a trade membership association with over 400 members, we cooperate with other groups representing the language services sector, and where possible, jointly agree, either on the objectives of the lobbying activities themselves, or the broad concept of what is required.
Our core objective is always to secure recognition from government that language skills are a vital element of the competitive advantage required for a successful economy.
The declining number of young people studying modern languages in the United Kingdom in recent years continues to raise concern both within and outside our sector. Statistics this year show further reductions in the number of young people at all academic levels opting to study languages. This is, therefore, an important time for the ATC to clearly articulate the medium and long-term effect this is likely to have on the competitiveness of British business.