Adult learner

Kijan, 34, has secured her first full-time job in the UK since completing two adult education courses with Seetec Outsource. She has also taken steps to register as a nurse in the UK and is looking forward to returning to the career she loves.

Kijan is originally from Kurdistan but had lived in Switzerland for 10 years before moving to Manchester in 2019. While in Switzerland she gained a nursing qualification and worked in this field for a number of years, so she was keen to register as a nurse when she moved to the UK.

Support with language skills

The only thing holding Kijan back was a lack of language skills. She spoke German, Kurdish and Persian, but needed to improve her English in order to find work in the UK. She registered for an English course at her local college and was put on a waiting list, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant that no provision was available.

In early 2021 she was contacted by the college and referred to Seetec’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Academy in Manchester. She started a level 2 ESOL course in April 2021 and successfully completed this 3 months later.

Securing employment in the UK

Kijan’s English tutor knew that she wanted to return to nursing and signposted her towards Seetec’s vocational course in health and social care. She felt that an up-to-date sector-related qualification would serve as a refresher and help her find work in a healthcare setting while she registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Kijan said, “The health and social care course was exactly what I needed to help me find a job in this country. It helped me brush up on my knowledge of safeguarding, first aid and much more. Even more importantly, it helped me learn the English for common healthcare terms, which means I feel much more confident about communicating in a healthcare environment.”

After completing the level 1 qualification in health and social care, Kijan applied for a job in a care home and was successful! She now works full time and thoroughly enjoys caring for her residents.

Helping learners achieve their career ambitions

Kijan’s long-term goal is to work as a nurse once she has registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and she now feels confident that she will meet the regulatory body’s English language requirements.

She is also applying to do a foundation degree at Manchester University next year, which will enable her to work at a higher level within the profession and earn a higher salary.

She said, “I’m so grateful to my tutor Yanka for supporting me throughout my ESOL course and helping me return to the career I love. I’ve come a long way since April and am really excited about the future!”

Her tutor Yanka feels that both the ESOL and health and social care courses have equipped Kijan with the language skills and confidence she needed to secure full-time employment. They have also helped her take the first steps towards achieving her long-term career goals. She said:

“Kijan has so much talent and a bright future ahead of her. Her English really improved while on programme, and this has helped her secure her first full-time job in this country. It won’t be long before she’s able to return to her career in nursing and utilise the skills she’s built over many years.”

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