A push to find British and Irish people seeking work in Australia gets underway this week with representatives of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in the UK on a recruitment drive.
They are running a series of Australian immigration events in London, Manchester and Dublin seeking people with skills in engineering, building trades and health care.
Skills Australia, the independent body which advises the Australian government on its workforce needs, will be holding a three day event in London between the 25th and 27th February which will provide an opportunity for skilled workers to hear directly from Australian employers and what they can offer.
On the 29th of February, a free Migration Open Day will be held in Manchester to help put people in touch with employers and state departments willing to sponsor workers for an Australian working visa.
While both of these events are free to anyone, attendance is by invitation only and successful applicants will be informed of the address beforehand. Priority will be given to people with experience in professions in high demand across Australia.
In order to attend the London event you must also be under 50 years old, have good spoken and written English, have an interest in moving to Australia and relevant skills or qualifications in the health or engineering and trade industries.
‘Interest in these events has been high and the DIAC will have to disappoint a lot of people, including many who have the right qualifications,’ said Leonie Cotton, Australian casework manager at the Australian Visa Bureau.
‘The London event is looking for people for occupations in the health care and automotive industry, as well as the construction, electrical and mechanical trades,’ she added.