How To Get A Trade Job in Australia If You Are Qualified And Experienced?

How To Get A Trade Job in Australia If You Are Qualified And Experienced?

Easy access to visas, better pay and more than 240 days of sunshine are a good combination to consider a place to live and work.  On these grounds, Australia beats it to the top of the list!

a. Applying for Visa

In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). All occupations used for immigration purposes are from the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations).

If you are qualified and experienced in a trade job such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician, you can apply for a visa.

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Occupation ANZSCO Code
Carpenter 331212
Plumber (general) 334111
Electrician (general) 341111
Electrician (special class) 341112

As your occupation is on the list, you can make an expression of interest after which the Australian government may allow you to move permanently.

One of the most common ways to immigrate to Australia is through the temporary skilled visa (457 Visa).  This visa allows companies to sponsor employees from abroad for up to 4 years if their skills are in demand.  

If your occupation is listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) of Australia, you can apply for the temporary skilled visa.  Trade jobs such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians are eligible for this visa.

Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Occupation ANSCO Code
Carpenter 331212
Plumber (general) 334111
Electrician (general) 341111
Electrician (special class) 341112

b. Job Hunt

The next step is to search for jobs through websites and social media such as Adzuna, Seek, Linkedin, FB (search for specific groups), OneShift and Spotjobs.

c. Applying for a Job

Prior to applying for a job, read and address the job advertisement/description carefully.  Make a resume and cover letter that get the right attention. Access “ValuemyCV” to get a free instant estimate of your market salary as well as tips to improve the quality of your CV.

d. Prepare for the Interview

After you submit the application, follow it up. Once you get the interview, prepare well for it and finish strong!