01452 767664

International Recruitment

Gloucestershire International Recruitment Fund

*All funding on this page is referring to monies provided by NHSE & NHS Gloucestershire ICB*

GCPA will fund to a maximum of £6,000 per individual for a new recruit entering the UK after 1st December 2023:

  • Sponsorship Licences
  • Certificates of Sponsorship
  • Immigration Skills Charge
  • Pastoral Support (If this is included within a recruiters total cost)
  • Flights (On arrival of staff member)
  • Accommodation (Upon proof that the staff member is in accommodation funded by the provider)
  • Language Assessments
  • Driving Assessments
  • Vetting and Documentation
  • Candidate Communication & Interviews
  • Sponsorship Management System Support & Compliance

GCPA will not fund:

  • Support costs GCPA will not fund the £1,270 which an international recruit is required to have in their bank account, as proof to the Home Office before entering the country. This is because we are unlikely to receive that funding back, therefore, GCPA could be subject to discriminatory practice by not giving our domestic workforce £1,270.

The Home Office states that the international recruit must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.

They will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.

They’ll usually need to show proof of this when you apply, unless either:

  • They’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months
  • The employer can cover your costs during your first month in the UK, up to £1,270

The international recruits partner and children will also need to prove they can support themselves while they’re in the UK. Check how much they’ll need.

Please follow this link to read the full guidance on support costs

  • Please note – Should you use Borderless or The Devon Alliance, we will not double fund any elements that are within their offer.
  • Visa Renewals – This funding is specifically for new recruits.



There is funding available to adult social care providers in Gloucestershire to employ a new internationally educated member of staff. The aim is to employ 100 new members of staff by the end of the financial year, this is a huge opportunity that may never be replicated again.

As well as expanding your workforce, other benefits of international recruitment include: diversifying your talent pool, improves cultural exchange, valuable learning opportunities and with guidance; a better retention rate.

This project seeks to decrease the annual turnover rate of workers in adult social care, which is currently at 30%. There is a belief that this can be decreased with: International recruitment guides for Employers, guides for new and existing internationally educated staff to settle into the UK, an app to include local information, training and development opportunities, housing opportunities and much more. A pastoral care officer will also be introduced to be a main contact for new and existing internationally educated staff and to host events to improve support networks across Gloucestershire.

If this funding appeals to you, please use the QR Code below, this will take you to the application page. Prior to application, we strongly recommend you read the documents provided and view any of the websites linked on the introduction of the application page.

Recruitment Fee


Gloucestershire International Recruitment Fund – Eligibility Criteria

Project Statement:

Gloucestershire County Council and the NHS have received funding that can be given to eligible health and social care providers to recruit internationally educated staff members. This has been funded locally and has been match funded by NHSE to total £700,000.

Project Outline

The funding will be utilised to support the social care workforce, by:

  • To upskill providers by means of completion of visa sponsorship whilst following regulations.
  • Recruitment of international staff.
  • Ongoing retention of internationally educated staff through peer networks.

Key Aim

There are currently 2,000 vacancies available in Gloucestershire across the independent adult social care market. With the funding being received, the intention is to reduce the number of current vacancies in Gloucestershire; by 100 in a safe and ethical way. Our priority is to support domiciliary care and nurses in nursing homes.

Who is Eligible?

  1. You provide care for individuals who reside in Gloucestershire.
  2. You provide care in one of the following categories:
    1. Dom Care
    2. Residential home – Older people
    3. Residential home – working age adults
    4. Nursing home – Older people
    5. Supported Living
  3. Your organisation is considered a small organisation (I.e. Turnover less than £5,000,000 per annum)

Provider International Recruitment (IR) checklist

For providers who wish to manage the entire IR process themselves, or use alternative third-party recruitment agencies other than the two we have deemed safe and ethical[1], we require assurances that will be undertaken in accordance with good practice. Below is a list of items that we will be taking assurances of:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Language Assessment
  • Driving Assessment
  • Vetting & Documentation
  • Candidate Communication & Interviews
  • Visa Applications
  • Sponsorship Management System & Compliance

[1] The two agencies we have deemed safe and ethical that we have checked are Borderless and Devon Alliance for International Recruitment