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EEO courses during Covid Pandemic

Our activities have continued, though face-to-face contact with groups and individuals had to be suspended. The use of Zoom has enabled us to run the following courses and support sessions as virtual meetings:

OET preparation Course - March/ April 2021

This was a short course for a group of NHS employees, currently working as Health Care Assistants, who have nursing qualifications from abroad. They are required to gain a qualification in English in order to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) and work as registered nurses in the UK. The course focused on preparing applicants for the Occupational English Test.

Individual remote English language support - April 2020 – May 2021

Ongoing support has been provided for two Chinese doctors, who had previously attended a clinical placement at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. They intend to take the IELTS test in order to return to the UK for a two year fellowship programme.

English assessment for visiting Chinese medical professionals (May/June)

Interviews and English assessments have been arranged for another group of Chinese doctors and nurses who are due to come under the same scheme as above. These will be carried out remotely, as the date of the visits cannot be confirmed because of uncertainties relating to the pandemic.

Guidance sessions for clients of Refugee Action Colchester.(April 2020 – ongoing)

One-to-one support and guidance has been provided for RA-C clients seeking to enter employment in the UK. Varying levels of assistance have been provided, such as: identification of short and long term goals, discussion of clients’ most urgent needs, advice and information about job search and/or accessing education and training.

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