Thirteen Vincentian registered nurses are now in the United Kingdom to take up employment after successfully landing contracts to work at various hospitals in the U.K.
Initially, 21 nurses were scheduled to take up jobs in the United Kingdom, however, due to technical challenges, the remaining nine nurses will be a part of the second cohort on this contractual agreement.
Many of the nurses, prior to being selected, were unemployed.
The nurses left St. Vincent on Monday and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker was on hand to see them off.
Sir Louis expressed his passion for this recent initiative, and encouraged the young professionals to capitalize on this opportunity.
He also urged the nurses to represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines in an exemplary manner.
The successful effort to find employment for nurses in the UK is a collaborative effort of Health Education U.K., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SVG High Commission to London.