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Employment in hospitals

Am looking for some help/advice!
My husband has been working as a sterilisation technician in NHS for 15 years, he has a diploma.
He has applied for loads of positions but just keeps getting knock backs and we are wondering if the reason is purely language or something else ?
He is coming to Switzerland on 15 October to start his intensive german course in the hope that this will help his chances
Does anyone have any experiences with getting jobs in hospitals?? Will he succeed once he has level B1 in German? Or will he forever get no's??
We are looking at both Bern to Lausanne and everything in between!
Thanks, Caroline
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Old 03.10.2014, 14:42
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Re: Employment in hospitals

How long is a piece of string?

1 - The medical profession will require the qualification he holds to be recognised here for starts. I no of people who had and element of retraining to get the Swiss qualification.
2 - The do require for technical/patient type roles a very high level of local language both written and oral, and there is a difference spoken between high German an Swiss German for example.
3 - Switzerland does have it's fair share of qualified professional here that are unemployed, that are Swiss or have permits

So, like applying in the UK he's in competition, but here no permit, possible qualification equivalency issues, and language barriers may give him at a big disadvantage.
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Old 03.10.2014, 15:08
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Am looking for some help/advice!
My husband has been working as a sterilisation technician in NHS for 15 years, he has a diploma.
He has applied for loads of positions but just keeps getting knock backs and we are wondering if the reason is purely language or something else ?
He is coming to Switzerland on 15 October to start his intensive german course in the hope that this will help his chances
Does anyone have any experiences with getting jobs in hospitals?? Will he succeed once he has level B1 in German? Or will he forever get no's??
We are looking at both Bern to Lausanne and everything in between!
Thanks, Caroline
Unlikely with a B1 I'd say. I think you need to be fluent, both written and spoken, and that's a C I believe. So don't think this is going to happen in a year or possibly even two unless he's really good at languages.

If you want to learn German then you need to focus your job search on Fribourg/Bern cantons and all points east. There's no point in looking at Lausanne or other western places as French would be the required language there. Even Fribourg is dicey, as it's officially bi-lingual which might mean he'd need a high proficiency of both German and French to be employed there.

He would also need to get his qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross.

Swiss Red Cross (SRC) Contact point for recognition of foreign qualifications Postfach, CH-3084 Wabern
Tel. +41 0900 733 276 (Mo-Fr, 08.00 am – 12.00 pm) Web site: www.redcross.ch
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Re: Employment in hospitals

He's also applied for aide jobs in theatre/ cleanroom environment but heard nothing yet, his german is alright but the course will get him to B1/2
Does anyone know anyone working in theatres or sterilisation departments in hospitals/private clinics and give any advice as to how to secure employment, he is from eu
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Old 03.10.2014, 15:31
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Re: Employment in hospitals

You're coming across as desperate and I'm wondering why. I see from your other posts that you're also enquiring about jobs at Nestle.

There are two ways to get jobs here. Be very specialised in what you do so the language isn't a problem because you can get by in English OR learn the language to a good level to be able to apply for shop work, factory, etc. Medical is obviously both skilled and language orientated for the safety of patients.

Why are you so desperate to move here?
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Re: Employment in hospitals

On the few occasions I was treated at hospitals here I never actually met a Swiss person so nationality is not an issue; language and qualification recognition is important.
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Not so much desperate as hopeful! My husband has family living in dudingen and we are pretty fed up with the Uk. Just thought people on the forum may have had some advice but didn't want to come across as desperate! I'll keep on looking on the interweb.....
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Re: Employment in hospitals

Keep an eye on the hospital websites themselves too. Ads will be in German, but it'll give you an idea of what's available. Here's the Inselpital, Bern one:

http://www.insel.ch/en/

Google for others.
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Re: Employment in hospitals

Sterilization isn't a patient-facing role so I doubt the language requirements are really C2-strict. Having said that, some German (or French, or Italian, depending on region) will certainly be required; B1 may or may not be enough, check the ads. As others have said, recognition of qualifications is likely to be a bigger issue.
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Re: Employment in hospitals

No specific info, but when I was a patient in the Lindenhofspital, I saw lots of Dutch phlebotomists. Not sure about sterilization techs. Youu might search on Lindenhof, engeried, sonnenhof and Salem spitals.
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Re: Employment in hospitals

strong language skills will be a must. There's no getting away from it in this sector.
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