Ciara Kenny

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Tradespeople without qualifications to benefit under changes to Australian visa rules

Workers will be eligible to apply without formal training or completed apprenticeships

Thu, May 2, 2013, 13:15


Construction workers and tradespeople with five years experience who have not completed formal training will now be able to apply for permanent residency (subclass 190) visas in Australia under new rules.

The list of nominated skilled occupations released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship includes over 30 nominated occupations, from bakers to bricklayers, electricians, joiners and pastry chefs.

Before this, applicants had to have completed a Fás or formal apprenticeship training, and have an additional two years work experience.

Edwina Shanahan of migration agent said the new rules would offer workers who had not yet completed their training a chance to apply, and continue their apprenticeships in Australia.

“Given how much Ireland’s construction industry has suffered in the last few years, this will come as welcome news to many of the young apprentices and workers who have either been let go before they’ve been able to finish their training, or who know that even if they qualify the chances of them getting work in Ireland for the foreseeable future is slim.”

The following occupations will be eligible:

• Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
• Automotive Electrician
• Baker
• Bricklayer
• Cabinetmaker
• Carpenter
• Carpenter and Joiner
• Chef
• Cook
• Diesel Motor Mechanic
•• Electrical Linesworker
• Electrician (General)
• Electrician (Special Class)
• Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
• Fitter (General)
• Fitter and Turner
• Fitter-Welder
• Joiner
• Metal Fabricator
• Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec)
• Metal Machinist (First Class)
• Motor Mechanic (General)
• Motorcycle Mechanic
• Panel Beater
• Pastrycook
• Plumber (General)
• Pressure Welder
• Sheet Metal Trades Worker
• Small Engine Mechanic
• Technical Cable Jointer
• Toolmaker
• Vehicle Body Builder
• Vehicle Painter
• Welder (First Class)