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Sunday, 23 September 2007

Job prospect in UK

Filipino graduates of nursing courses are lining up for admission to England’s Anglia Ruskin University for a training program called Student and Work Placement Scheme(Swops) that gives them employment prospects in the United Kingdom.

Tony Stringer, head of the International Student Advisors Ltd. Philippines, Inc.(Isalpi), said an initial batch of 500 nursing graduates would be admitted under the program. Isalpi is the prime mover behind Swops.

According to its website, Anglia Ruskin University has a total student population of 30,000, making it one of the largest universities in UK. It also has 16,000 part-time students, making it the most important provider of part-time higher education in the UK, after the Open University.

Next month, nursing graduates Christian Biala and Gladys Binayan will already be leaving the country to pursue a two-year special course in the UK that would qualify them to practice their profession there.

Biala and Binayan said they completed their nursing course in the Philippines three years ago but could not find permanent employment yet as nurses.

While studying in the UK, they could also get part-time employment as caregivers that would earn them money for their daily sustenance.

Under the Swops program, aspiring Filipinos who want to work in the UK can use this plan to give them the opportunity to study for a degree in Health and Social Care or a combined NVQ/First Line Management qualification.

While studying for their two-year course in BS in Health and Social Care the students, as part of their course will be required to work as care givers that will provide them the learning opportunities and support that their course of study will require.

Its main campuses are in Cambridge and Chelmsford, an hour drive from London. It is offering the degree course to groups of 12 to 15 students who will attend regular workshops throughout the two years, combined with work based assignments and continuous managed and development provided by the placement organization

Though they will have to pay for their initial costs in their placements, their salary as care givers will cover the costs of both living expenses in the UK and the full cost of the course.

Under Swops, the nursing graduates would have to undergo a two-year course in healthcare to equip them with additional qualifications and skills on palliative and mental health while giving them a chance to earn around 2,000 pounds a month, or an equivalent of roughly P183,000.

"This is an earn-and-learn program," Stringer said in a news briefing Thursday in Manila.

The salary for health workers in the United Kingdom ranges from 5.52 pounds to 9 pounds per hour.

The nursing graduates from the Philippines, Stringer said, would be assigned as carers in nursing homes in UK. Because of the ageing population, UK would need “many thousands" of nurses in the next five to 10 years, he said.

"Initially carer would be their work because that's part of the training, but it doesn't mean they are domestic helpers since their work of place would be the commercial nursing homes," explained Simon Paice, office manager for ISALPI.

The nurses would be allowed to work for more than 20 hours a week to give them enough time to earn to cover their expenses while studying.

Stringer admitted that the deployment of Filipino nurses in the past two years showed a decline following the implementation of stricter requirements for workers from non-European Union member countries.

“Filipino nurses are much sought after nurses in the UK but it has been difficult now [because of the new policy]," Stringer said.

For those interested in the program, the requirements include: a degree in nursing, good English communications and payment of 2,500 pounds (P229,000) to cover the cost of their visa, airfare, tuition, food and lodging.

The inclusion of other health care workers such as physical therapists, midwives and caregivers into the Swops program is being worked out, Stringer said.

The health workers also have the chance to be employed in hospitals in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For inquiries, Isalpi holds office at Room 417, 4th floor The Peninsula Court 8735, Paseo de Roxas, Makati. It can be contacted at telephone number 8140242. - Marie Neri, GMANews.TV

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

With that amount, you might instead want to consider applying for licensure in NZ. you can use that money already for the competency assessment program. you can do all the processing by yourself. you don't have to work as a caregiver before becoming a nurse in NZ. the requirements for foreign nurses are simple and are listed in the NZ nursing council's website and the instructions are easy to follow. you don't need an agency to do the paperworks. you only have to help yourself. at times, some NZ employers can shoulder the cost of the program, but if you can't find one you can still do it on your own if you will spend time and money for it. lifestyle in NZ is also much better for asians and the country really welcomes immigrants. it's not perfect but it can be much better for you too. consider this very seriously if your wish, as you said, is to leave and have a better life

denmark said...

thats true! better consider new zealand or australia... i work in new
zealand for 2 yrs before transferring
here in australia for better pay and lower cost of living.. a lot of filipino nurses are going here from uk and new zealand! the registration here is similar to new zealand..

Ris said...

I'm waiting for my NLE results and I had plans of working in new zealand. How many years of experience does a nurse should have in order to be qualified to work there?
Hope you could give me some advice, thank you!:)

janessa said...

where can i inquire for the application in new zealand here in the phils? thanks your help is very much appreciated :)

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