04 November 2008

Minister announces apprenticeship scheme for temporary overseas skilled workers

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Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans announced yesterday an Australian recruitment firm will be funding a new scholarship programme at a Western Australian educational institution as part of a labour agreement to recruit foreign skilled workers.

Senator Evans said Interstaff Recruitment will donate an annual funding to Swan TAFE, so that the company can sponsor the entry of up to 100 temporary overseas skilled workers in areas of high need on subclass 457 Australian visas.

The Minister says the company meets the requirements to secure the labour agreement, as it is committing 2 per cent of its total wage to training overseas workers.

The company, which specialises in recruiting for the health, engineering, construction and childcare sectors, will provide four scholarship categories and 47 scholarships on an annual basis. 

"The funding of the scholarship program is an innovative solution which will provide training opportunities for young Australians while meeting the immediate skills needs in industries where labour is still in demand, especially in Western Australia and Queensland," Senator Evans said.

"This is a win-win agreement for young apprentices and industry."

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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