19 / 9 / 2014 Midnight
National recruitment is currently taking place for the 2015 intake of NHS pre-registration pharmacist trainees. Employers will be issuing the first round of offers in October and are reminded of their responsibilities to check documentation confirming trainees right to work in the UK.
Key information for employers:
- Offers of employment to non-EEA graduates are subject to the individual obtaining the appropriate visa. Most non-EEA pharmacy graduates will use the Tier 2 (general) route for their NHS pre-registration training, however some of them may already have another type of visa that enables them to work e.g. spouse visa.
- Graduates are not able to use their Tier 4 student visa for their pre-registration training as the Tier 4 visa does not allow them to work for the full 12 month pre-registration training year.
- The majority of non-EEA pharmacy graduates will switch from student category Tier 4 to skilled (General) Tier 2, requiring employer to issue an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
- Employers are reminded to advise trainees to apply for their visa as soon as they have been notified that they have been awarded their qualification - applications can be made up to three months in advance of their start date on their Tier 2 CoS
- The Resident Labour Market Test does not apply to non-EEA applicants who:
- already have a visa which enables them to work in the UK e.g. spouse visa OR
- will graduate from a UK university with a recognised degree e.g. MPharm or MSc OSPAP students who can switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2 provided they are in the UK at the time of their application.