Skills programme in Australia helps qualified migrants find jobs

by Ray Clancy on February 3, 2014

in Australia, Australia Immigration, General Information

A four week intensive course that aims to help migrants in Australia with professional qualifications to get a job is proving very successful, research has found.

More than half of those who found work after completing the Skilled Professional Migrants Programme (SPMP) did so within three months, according to the research by AMES, Australia’s largest provider of education, training and employment services for newly arrived migrants.


72% of participants said that employment after the Skilled Professional Migrants Programme (SPMP) was a good or partial match with their overseas background

The course includes the preparation of resumes and job applications, interview skills and networking and aims to develop participants’ understanding of the Australian job market and workplace culture.

During the course, participants receive feedback from corporate volunteers and, after completing the course, may be mentored by industry professionals who provide ongoing support and advice during their job search.

The SPMP was developed in response to seeing migrants with professional qualifications and experience struggling to find work in their field in Australia. For migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds there is a downward trend in occupational status in Australia, leaving many people, including those who have come through the Skilled Migration Programme, working in jobs that do not adequately use their skills and capabilities.

The Skilled Migration Program is Australia’s largest migration stream and is very successful in terms of employment outcomes. With a strong focus on the applicant’s English language and professional skills, most skilled migrants find work and can make an immediate contribution to Australia’s workforce and economy.

However, the research points out that there are important differences in employment outcomes for different groups within the Skilled Migration Programme. Skilled migrants who are sponsored directly by employers go straight into a job on arrival and are unlikely to experience unemployment.

Indeed, those from English speaking regions who generally have strong language and cultural ties to Australia are more likely to find work in a skilled job relatively quickly. In contrast, skilled migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds can find that the culture and language gap, which also influences employer perceptions, can make finding professional work more challenging.

The research found that 72% of participants said that their employment after the SPMP was a good or partial match with their overseas background and more than 80% of people rated the usefulness of the SPMP as very high.

There was significant variation in people’s career trajectories. Some people who were unemployed in Australia moved directly into professional work at their level after the SPMP, others had found work in their field at a lower level with potential to progress.

‘For the majority, the SPMP was a catalyst for finding employment more closely aligned to their professional background. Australia’s immigration programme attracts a high proportion of highly skilled professionally qualified migrants. This research suggests that there is a role for employment orientation such as the SPMP for some migrants, particularly those from non-English speaking backgrounds. The SPMP is an intervention that can maximise the use of the skills brought by migrants,’ the report said.

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Ioan Olimpiu Ognean June 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm


My name is Ioan Olimpiu OGNEAN, I am a Romanian teacher ( 8 years experience) in the field of history and geography ( Humanities) and I would like to apply for a job position position in UK.
I mention that I have been living in Luxembourg since more than 3 years and I am a fluent speaker of English and French.
Working as a teacher in UK could be for me an excellent opportunity to use my professional skills both those accumulated within the Romanian teaching system as well as those accumulated from my ongoing Master within the University of Luxembourg (Master in Contemporary European History). I mention that I will graduate this year (2014) the second Master in Political Sciences in France.I confirm that I hold QTS for the purpose of teaching in maintained schools and non-maintained special schools in England. My Teacher Reference Number is 1535582. What chances do I have to get a job in this field in Australia(Brisbane)?


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