An aspect of the acute skilled shortages being experienced by Australian industry, commerce, agribiz and institutions is highlighted by Care School Based Traineeships that are currently on offer to year 10 students commencing the Higher School Certificate in 2010.
Even now, with most of the world wallowing in the of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), Australia seems to be living a charmed life, with a lot going on in the resources area which created and sustained that nation’s boom economy for so long. That economy is doing doing quite well and promises to rise to new high in the not too distant future.
As has been well documented, the Australian Federal Government used its 2009/10 budget to throw vast amounts of money at infrastructure projects around the nation. Now this is a decent sized nation, as it happens roughly about the size of the continental United States, but with only about 7% of that large nation’s population. No surprise then that almost any big development in Australia tends to run short of skilled artisans. This, of course, creates major opportunities for skilled tradespeople and professionals in other countries. Lure them for a couple of years, muse the Aussie planners, and there’s a fair chance they’ll put down roots and stay permanently.
Geelong straddles the Barwon River, just 75 kilometres (47 miles) southwest of Melbourne on Corio Bay, on Victoria’s massive Port Phillip. Geelong is the second largest city in the state of Victoria and is the 12th largest Australian city. It has a major port and a population of 160,991 people and is the heart of the City of Greater Geelong. Like most Australian cities, Geelong has many generations of immigrants and offers new opportunities to a wide diversity of skilled workers, from just about anywhere. The city is serviced by its own developing national and international airport, Avalon, that grows in importance with each passing year.
One of the Australian Federal Government’s key job-creating budget projects is a cross town $4.3 billion rail link in Melbourne, capital of the state of Victoria. Even though it includes just 50 km of new track, this budget is more than three times the cost of the 1400 km Adelaide-Darwin railway.
Yes, certainly, owing to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), skilled migration numbers will be slashed in Australia’s budget year of 2009/2010. The government says this measure has been taken make sure that Australian workers get preference for jobs in a period that threatens higher unemployment. Paradoxically, recent figures indicate that Aussie unemployment has actually diminished. Still, most gurus are still predicting up to 8% unemployment during the next twelve months. But this does not mean skilled workers and professionals who see Australia as a desirable place to relocate should give up and submit to the tough conditions in their current countries. While the government has already trimmed the number of skilled workers to be granted visas into Australia next financial year there are still 115,000 of those visas up for grabs.
Yes, in 2008 there was a ‘Global Financial Crisis (GFC)’ and yes, in 2009, it evolved into the ‘Global Economic Crisis (GEC), whipping up fearful comparisons of the Crash of 1929 and the years of deprivation which followed it. Certainly, developed countries are having a tough time, especially if they export to the USA, or to industrialised countries that export to the USA.
The Government of Australian state, Victoria, wants to attract more skilled and business migrants to Victoria and maximise their contribution to our economic development through skills, investment and jobs.
With a land area roughly that of Great Britain (227,416km2 to 216,777km2) Victoria is the smallest mainland state of Australia. Yet with a population of just over 5,000,000, there is plenty of room to spread your wings and build your prosperity.