All qualified and/or registered midwives in Ghana can work in Ireland by showing proof of their qualification and/or registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana as well as their English language proficiency. To be able to successfully go through the process of living and working in Ireland, one should have completed at least a 3-year programme in their field of study and practised for at least a year, including the rotation period. Applicants must also have a valid Ghana NMC registration certificate and license. For verification purposes, one needs to obtain clearance from the Ghana NMC.
Firstly, the English language requirement must be met, and this requires that applicants write either IELTS or OET. Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in any one module is required. Those who want to take OET must aim at obtaining the nursing module with Grade B in three components and a minimum of C+ in any one component.
After those two conditions are met, you can begin the registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) with the assistance of an Irish-registered recruitment agency. This process takes between two to 30 working days. A decision letter indicating whether or not the candidate is qualified is issued.
In the course of the registration process and/or while the midwife, mental health nurse or registered general nurse awaits the decision of NMBI, the agency could arrange an interview with an employer for them. After successfully passing the interview, the employer files for a work permit for the employee.
The recruitment and sponsorship package from employers will normally include but not limited to visa application fees, flight ticket, one to three month’s accommodation and a relocation package of 500 euro. A 2-year contract convertible to a permanent contract is given. A competitive salary scale of €29,346-€45,701 with sponsorship programmes for further education up to masters level.
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