The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau says a group of individuals in Israel and Sri Lanka are engaged in a fraudulent employment racket.
The Bureau said prior to Sri Lankans who have been selected according to the lottery system for nursing jobs in Israel being informed of their selection, calls have been made to individuals that they have been selected for particular jobs.
The Bureau has received information that money is being obtained fraudulently through this racket.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Israel and Sri Lanka, Lankans are recruited for nursing jobs in Israel and recruitments are currently carried out only through the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau.
Qualified nursing job applicants are selected through a lottery system in Israel.
The Bureau noted that outside individuals cannot intervene or influence in the recruitment process.
The qualifications required for nursing jobs in Israel are specified in the MoU signed between the two countries.
Accordingly, employment opportunities are available for both men and women between the ages of 25-45, and a 45-day nursing training provided by the Foreign Employment Bureau must be completed at NVQ III level.
If an individual is currently working as a nurse, he/she must have 11 months of experience after completing a recognised nursing training course.
Qualification of GCE Ordinary Examination will suffice to apply for such jobs while it is essential to have taken an English language course.
Therefore, the Bureau urged individuals to refrain from handing over money or passports to any person or organisation, as outside parties cannot secure jobs in Israel unless through the SLFBE.