Updated language competency guidance for employers

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Our language competency good practice guide has been updated to ensure additional clarity for employers. 

A new section entitled ‘Key considerations for employers’ has been added to outline the obligations on employers around the language competency of applicants and existing staff (and how these duties fit in with those of professional regulatory bodies).

The guidance includes further information around testing language competency and what employers should do if there are doubts around a candidate’s English level. Also included is an additional appendix offering a comparison of common language tests and their weight.

On November 1, changes were introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which brought in new ways of proving language competency when registering with that professional body. These include a further language test, and additional routes for those who were taught or examined in English or have practiced in English.

Download the latest version of Language competency: good practice guidance for employers from our case studies and resources section.

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