Health & Care Worker Visas
After jumping through hoops, Kingsway Care’s application to sponsor ‘Health & Care Worker Visas’ was approved at the end of 2023. This allows us to offer full-time jobs to skilled CareGivers at a time when the social care recruitment crisis and the huge number of CareGiver vacancies are frequently in the news.
Recruiting From Overseas
Since qualifying to be able to offer sponsorship visas, Kingsway Care has been inundated with hundreds of applications. As with all candidates, our overseas recruits went through a robust selection and interview process.
We ensured that their communication in written and spoken English is excellent, as clear communication with our Clients and accurate note-taking are essential. We also checked that they had the inherent caring nature needed for the CareGiver job role.
Support Network for CareGivers
Vicky Haines, Managing Director, Kingsway Care
For this reason, Vicky gathered five of our six Health and Care Worker Visa Sponsorship CareGivers together (Bruce, Andrew, Rebecca, Makana, and Nandita – Stephanie was on a Client home visit) to check in with them and discuss if there is anything more we can do to support their transition to the UK and working for Kingsway Care. Let’s introduce you to our new CareGivers and find out how they are getting on.
Meet Makana from the USA
‘Kingsway Care has made my transition and process of moving here so seamless. I am very very grateful for that after some challenges finding sponsorship and avoiding visa scams. I’m looking forward to growing as an individual in my chosen social care profession with Kingsway Care.‘
Makana recently graduated with a degree in Social Work in the United States. While finishing her last semester she was fortunate enough to obtain a position as a care manager for a non-profit organisation specialising in supporting individuals with disabilities.
Makana has travelled extensively and always wanted to live abroad. After successfully applying for a sponsorship visa with Kingsway Care, she made the move to the UK to be with her British partner and joined us in November 2023. Makana has already formed strong bonds with our Clients and helped out with the local Food and Friendship Charity.
As a non-driver, she says she has also enjoyed walking around in the British weather and getting to know the public transport systems. Well done Makana!
When news came through in December 2023 that the government was considering increasing the income threshold for sponsorship visas she said ‘she felt sick in her stomach and like a rug had been pulled from underneath her‘ having only just moved to the UK.
Fortunately, the CareGivers who have already joined us on sponsorship visas can remain without having to worry about future changes to the Health and Care Worker Visa income threshold.
Meet Andrew and Bruce from South Africa
Andrew had already been working in the UK as a CareGiver before joining Kingsway Care. While Bruce has recently moved to the UK and started working for us in January 2024.
They had a lot to talk about when they met at the Kingsway Care Christmas Party in December which was a a great way for all of our CareGivers to meet each other and have fun.
This month Bruce experienced snowfall for the first time while out on home visits in Brighton & Hove with our Senior CareGiver, Amy.
Meet Rebecca & Stephanie from the Philippines
Jonathan, Kingsway Care’s Trainer said ‘Rebecca and Stephanie were model students and passed their induction with flying colours.’
Rebecca moved to the UK in 2022 and Stephanie in 2023 to work as CareGivers. They both joined Kingsway Care in December 2023. They are a joy to be around and our Clients love them.
Rebecca has recently passed her UK driving test and shared this photo of her proudly driving her car in her Kingsway Care uniform. Congratulations Rebecca!
Meet Nandita from India
Nandita joined us after completing her Masters in International Development & Education at Sussex University in October 2023 and enjoyed her graduation day this month (January 2024). She was also one of the winners of our Christmas photo competition receiving a bottle of fizz. Nandita is usually the first to enter our weekly prize draw competition too.
Sharing Cultures & Inclusivity
As you can see, all of our overseas CareGivers are settling in well and have become fantastic Kingsway Care team members. Without them, it would be difficult to realise our ambitious growth plans and take on more Clients in need of home care.
Another positive outcome is that we are sharing international food recipes!
Rebecca made a Filipino favourite called ‘Lumpiang Shanghai’. Similar to Chinese Spring rolls with minced meat and vegetables wrapped in a thin ‘Lumpia’ wrapper, served with a sweet chilli sauce.