29 August 2007

Australian immigration for boat builders

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Brisbane's International boat builders Boat Show kicks off today and the recreational watercraft market is growing at record rates in Queensland and around Australia. But the industry is struggling to meet demand because of a severe boat-building skills shortage, resulting in new Australia immigration opportunities for boat builders and repairers.

Boating Industry Association of Queensland general manager, Barry Hibberd, told the Brisbane Times: "The growth [in boat registrations] is averaging around six per cent a year, with registrations running at twice the population growth of Queensland."

However, Mr Hibberd said the skills shortage is a major threat to the boating industry. They are trying to address the problem through training but businesses are struggling because they can't get skilled labour.

A boat builder, Steve Wake, told Perth's Sunday Times: "It's not because the orders aren't there, it's because I can't get the people to build the boats to fill the orders. Normally, I'd have three people working with me, but now I'm struggling to keep one."

This is a great opportunity for Britons with such skills who are interested in Australian immigration. Boat builders and repairers are on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (Australian MODL), entitling applicants for an Australian visa to extra points.

The Brisbane boat show is a huge event and quite a spectacle, featuring everything from some of the most opulent and expensive vessels in the world to fishing equipment and tackle, boating accessories, jet skis and wakeboards. There will also be sessions on seafood cooking, fishing tips and tricks and boat maintenance.

Australia needs boat builders: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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