Digital English skills for international nurses

City of Glasgow College is partnering with educational technology company, Klik2learn, to provide English language courses for international nurses seeking work in the NHS.

The partnership hopes to address the urgent demand for nurses in the UK and will provide new digital courses which can be carried out either with tutor support or independently.

Passport to Employment in Healthcare will help international nurses prepare for the Cambridge Occupational English Test (OET), a prerequisite of working in the NHS.

Chris Khan, Business Development Officer for City of Glasgow College, said:

“These new courses continue our already successful partnership with Klik2learn. Our college recognises the importance of enhancing our digital and blended learning portfolio to meet the changing study and skills needs of students.

“This new course will use speech recognition technology to provide realistic scenarios that will help prepare nurses to speak confidently to patients, relatives and interact with colleagues.”

Anne Attridge, Chief Executive of Klik2learn, said the course should be ready to launch later this year and will help international nurses improve their English language skills.

“It’s clear that the NHS is under pressure to recruit more skilled health professionals than ever before. With support from the UFI VocTech fund we partnered with City of Glasgow College and are on target to launch the course in May.

“It’s important that anyone coming to work in the UK has the vital English language skills they need, not just to pass an exam but to do their job with confidence, regardless of their language background.”

The course will also enable students to fine-tune their professional and informal spoken skills, providing real-time feedback, with the additional feature of 3D simulation activity of an interview scenario for a nursing post.