In recent years, Canada has become a preferred emigration destination for many young South Africans, and it’s easy to see why.
In addition to being known for its excellent education and health care system, which is generally accessible to all citizens, Canada is rated number one in terms of quality of life, with Canadians themselves having a reputation for being warm and friendly. Add to that Canada’s rich multi-culturism, inclusive culture and a safe society.
Yet again, when it comes to education it gets even better, with education in public and secondary schools said to be completely free in Canada.
With Canada consistently featuring among the top 5 countries with the best higher education systems in the world, it comes as no surprise that it has become an increasingly popular destination for young South Africans in search of viable overseas career options.
Chris Cooter, High Commissioner of Canada in South Africa explains that the time spent obtaining an undergraduate degree and then working for a local employer on a post-graduation work visa all counts towards the requirements for citizenship—a natural path being followed by many aspiring Canadians.
Apart from boasting sought-after skills set and professionals, Cooter adds that employment prospects for young graduates in Canada are good to. “In the last decade alone, Canada created 1.6 million new jobs for graduates. Canada also provides some of the best value for money in education in the world,” he says.
IELTS: English a basic requirement
While Canada is undoubtedly opening its doors for talent to come over, the country does want to ensure that students can cope with the demands of studying in English. Before you apply to study in Canada, you need to show your proficiency in English, which is where IELTS comes in handy.
IELTS is the most popular test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is globally recognised by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies including 3,400 institutions in the USA, explained Balvinder Singh Kandra, director of examinations, Southern Africa Cluster at British Council.
Not surprisingly, around 60% of IELTS candidates in South Africa are said to have Canada in mind when they take the test. “English proficiency is a fundamental requirement for access to the attractive study and work opportunities Canada provides and candidates have given us feedback that IELTS has been their ticket to studying at their dream university,” added Kandra.
More About IELTS
IELTS is the foremost English language proficiency test used to facilitate work, study or immigration to any country where English is the native language —including Canada.
The program is locally managed by British Council South Africa, which role includes providing IELTS candidates with free preparation materials to support and guide them through the process.
Other managing partners include the International English Language Testing System.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
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