ACH – Preparation for Employment Course for BN(O)s in Solihull
A 10 week face-to-face course designed to help learners to develop essential employability skills. Please contact Najla for more information, course dates and availability.
- employment rights
- best practice and policies
- resolving workplace conflict
National Careers Service – https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
The National Careers Service provide careers information, advice, and guidance. They can help you to make decisions on learning, training, and work at all stages in your career.
GOV.UK – https://www.gov.uk/
The GOV.UK website provides guidance and support regarding Government services and information including employment rights.
Citizens Advice Bureau – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/rights-at-work/ Citizens Advice Bureau provides online, on the phone and face to face advice and guidance across a range of topics including employment rights, contracts and pay.
CNCC (Certificates of No Criminal Conviction) Update
The authorities in Hong Kong have declared that Certificates of No Criminal Conviction (CNCCs), the equivalent of a criminal records check, can only be obtained for reasons relating to applications for a visa, to visit or to reside in another country, or for the adoption of children. However, in exceptional circumstances, they may also give consideration where a CNCC is required to meet the legal or administrative requirements of foreign countries. This could include pre-employment checks needed for a BN(O) to start a job in the UK in some sectors such as healthcare and education.
In the UK there are some statutory requirements for employers to carry out such checks, but in many instances, it is only best practice to do so. Information about pre-employment checks in the education sector can be found in Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 3 – Safer Recruitment) and for healthcare under the NHS Employment Criminal Record Check standards.
As of 8 June 2022, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) no longer issues letters to the Hong Kong Police as part of a CNCC request. If the applicant holds an offer of employment from an organisation that requires a CNCC check, they should request a CNCC direct from the Hong Kong Police. They should include an official offer of employment from their prospective employer as part of their CNCC application.
For example, in the case of education, applicants should include a letter offering them a job from a UK school or organisation when applying. For healthcare, applicants should include an official offer of employment from the relevant organisation, for example, the NHS. If granted, the Hong Kong Police will send the CNCC directly to the prospective employer.
Guidance on requesting a CNCC (such as the style of letter required) is available on the Hong Kong Police website.
If the Hong Kong Police do not provide a CNCC, we would encourage the BN(O) to contact the employer and direct them to the relevant guidance for when obtaining a CNCC is not possible: in education, Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 3 – Safer Recruitment) and for healthcare, of the NHS employers guidance (point 7.5).
Healthcare opportunities and support:
Are you a nurse?
Are you a nurse hoping to work in the UK or already working and would like to connect with other nurses from Hong Kong? If so, contact Hong Kong Nursing Association UK | 英國香港護士協會 (hknauk.org) for information, pastoral care, and support.
Are you qualified as another healthcare professional and looking for a job?
If you are a doctor or one of the Allied Health Professionals eg. Physiotherapist, dietitian, or podiatrist and would like to practice in the UK [updated contact information coming soon].
BNO visa holders working in health and social care may also be eligible to apply for a refund of their and their family members’ NHS health surcharge.
Information for Hong Kong Nurses about working in England – Hong Kong Nursing Association UK
‘To Whom It May Concern’ letter (English and Cantonese versions)
The ‘To Whom It May Concern’ letter was drafted to help those BN(O)s who encounter problems with opening a bank account, obtaining housing, and accessing employment. It aims to help businesses and organisations to better understand the status of those on the BN(O) route, and their rights and entitlements in the UK.