Trade courses

Studying the right trade or vocational course can significantly increase your chances of obtaining an Australian Work Visa.


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Study Noworries that may meet the 2-year course requirement for positions on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List

Airconditioning & Refrigeration
With temperatures rising, there has been a large increase in...
Automotive Body Repair
The automotive industry in Australia has many different aspects and...
Automotive Electrician
The automotive repair industry in Australia is strong. Cars are...
Automotive mechanic
Automotive Mechanic course is for those who have a passion...
Boat Building
Australia is recognised for providing highly skilled and technologically sound...
Brick & block layers are a key element to any...
Cabinet Making
Cabinet Makers are among the most constantly employed trades workers...
If you are looking for a flexible job and want...
Commercial Cookery
Chefs plan and organise menus & kitchen staff at restaurants...
Electrical Engineering
After completion of this course students will be ready to...
Electrical Instrumentation
Electrical instrumentation is one of the fastest growing industries, not...
Engineering Fabrication
If you study Engineering Fabrication and Trade you are setting...
Heavy Diesel mechanic
Get your hands dirty and get ready for a great...
Joinery is a specific type of carpentry that involves constructing...
Painting and Decorating
Painting and Decorating may be most suitable to those who'd...
Solid Plastering
Solid plasterers apply plaster & protective coatings to cement, block...
Wall & Floor Tiling
Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and...

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Ian’s Story

Ian always knew that he wanted to live in Australia. He is a keen surfer, and the climate and waves on The Gold Coast suit him perfectly. Unfortunately, he had already used his working holiday visa and did not have the skills or experience to get an employer-sponsored or skilled independent visa.

At his initial consultation, Pathway to Aus went through some study options that may have been suitable for him. He had always been interested in boat building, and we managed to enrol him in the Cert III of Marine Craft Construction. This certified course is a 2-year package offered at TAFE QLD on the Gold Coast. Boat Building is on the Immigration Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. Ian then spent 2 years undertaking this course, which combines in-class study and a vocational placement with a boat building company.

During his studies, Ian was fortunate enough to find paid work experience at the boat building company where he did his vocational placement. On the Student Visa, Ian could work 40 hours per fortnight and unlimited hours during school holidays allowing Ian to earn money to support his stay.
Because boat building is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, upon graduating, we were able to apply for an 18-month temporary graduate visa for Ian. We then ensured Ian passed a provisional skills assessment and entered into the Job Ready Program run by Trades Recognition Australia. As part of the Job Ready Program, Ian undertook a minimum of 1725 hours of full-time work as a boat builder. Consequently, Ian can obtain a full skills assessment in just 12 months, as opposed to the usual 3 years. We have now used the full skills assessment to apply for general skilled migration under the skilled independent stream (subclass 189). After we lodged Ian’s Expression of Interest (EOI), we received a nomination to apply for the visa in only 2 days!

“I want to thank Pathway to Aus for setting me on the right pathway. I had no idea how to stay in Australia, but they found a course that I love, and I am now in a job that I have always wanted to work in.”

Frequently asked Questions

Study a course or package of courses that goes for at least 2 years and includes the Certificate III in Solid Plastering

By studying for 2 years and undertaking a 360 hours vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the Temporary Graduate Visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the Graduate Visa, click here.

The main benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program, you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified Plasterer

Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a much higher chance of finding employment as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a Solid Plasterer you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you may be able to apply for general skilled migration visas. If eligible, the general skilled migration visas (Skilled Independent Subclass 189, State Nominated Subclass 190 or Regional Nominated Subclass 491) do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

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