There are many small training centres which offer loads of short courses – great for hearing people but I’m a BSL user and not working. Many centres (not colleges) don’t provide BSL interpreters, most of them think too expensive? I need a BSL interpreter, it will help me and other deaf people a lot for extra skills and get a good job, look great on my CV etc. Not fair!
Yes you are right – it is not fair. If it is work-related training, deaf employees can use their Access to work budget. If it is training for leisure activities then I suppose you could use your DLA (if you get this) to cover your communication support. You are describing something in between – not for work and not for play but as someone looking for work.
JobCentres will sometimes provide interpreters for interviews (JobCentres seems to vary) but I don’t think they provide interpreters for training courses. If you are young, then from now on, “Access to Work will be available to those undertaking voluntary work experience under the Youth Contract. Access to Work can also support young people on the Department for Education’s Supported Internships which are for 16-25 year olds with disabilities.” [Quote from Disability Rights UK]
Large training organisations are often asked to provide interpreters for their deaf clients (some do and some don’t), but small ones often have difficulty paying for two interpreters, let alone one. I really don’t have the answer, so hopefully someone else will (not a political answer but a practical one please).