07 February 2008
Australian immigration could be the solution to shipyard skills shortage
A shipyard in Australia has highlighted the need for a solution to the skills-shortage problem in the country. One of the solutions which is being suggested is an increase in Australian immigration. INCAT, a Tata Technologies Company, has said that the lack of workers has slowed its production of ferries.
Chairman of INCAT, Robert Clifford, told the Tasmania Mercury: "We would like to be putting on a dozen people a week, but we are putting on a dozen a month. There is a severe shortage of tradespeople. They're not hiding, they just don't exist." The company has said that it has more than 100 jobs vacant as a result of the skills shortage. People who are looking at Australia as an option may want to check the Australia Skilled Occupations List (SOL) or take a skilled points test.
Meanwhile, people looking to get to Australia (and get there fast!) may be interested to hear about a new hypersonic jet which has been planned. The flight to Australia from Europe will take under five hours, making it a much easier journey for people taking advantage of Australian immigration.
Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.