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Can overseas work experience count towards the experienced worker qualification?

DateMonday November 29, 2021

Can overseas work experience count towards the experienced worker qualification?

The practical assessment within the EWA qualification must relate to work carried out in the UK so it can be properly verified and assessed on-site. Any previous overseas work experience cannot be used as credit towards or exemption from the EWA practical assessments.

Previous experience can however be taken into account in terms of the general 5 years’ experience eligibility to complete the EWA.

More information on the non-UK qualifications process for ECS cards can be found on the ECS website: https://www.ecscard.org.uk/content/If-you-have-non-UK-qualifications

In general, an overseas qualified and experienced person would go through Ecctis mapping (which maps against the knowledge units of the apprenticeship qualification), have a discussion with the training provider on their Skills Scan to confirm that they have work experience across the range of activity required, and then would need to be working in the UK to provide evidence for the practical assessments. Past evidence from overseas work cannot be accepted.