Beginning July 2, 2014, Filipinos who aspire to work in the Cayman Islands will be required to take an English language test before they can be hired.
Labor Attaché to Washington D.C., USA Luzviminda Padilla reported to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that the Department of Immigration in the Cayman Islands will soon require overseas workers to be proficient in English.
Padilla added that the examination is intended not only for Filipino workers, but for all overseas workers whose first language is not English.
She added that overseas workers will be required to undergo the International English Language Test (IELTS) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) before they can travel to the Cayman Islands.
“Workers must score within the following ranges to be able to secure their work permits—Band Score Level 6 for IELTS and Band Score Level B2 for TOEIC,” Padilla disclosed.
The DOLE official clarified that the testing fees and other expenses were to be shouldered by the applicant.
The department explained that tests taken before July 1, 2014 will be accepted provided that the results are not older than two years. Employers will be responsible for advising their potential workers of this requirement.
Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz remained optimistic that aspiring Filipino workers will be able to pass the test, saying that Filipinos are “globally known for their fluency in English.”
Baldoz said the government will ensure that the testing centers would be accredited either by the IELTS or the TOEIC to avoid any problem.
Thus, she cautioned prospective overseas workers to be very careful in dealing with recruitment agencies and not to resort to illegal schemes to fast track their deployment abroad.