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Employer wants to sponsor me but I have no formal qualifications...

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Old 09-22-2011, 03:45 PM
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Employer wants to sponsor me but I have no formal qualifications...

Hi everyone,

I'm currently on a working holiday visa and has been working as a cook for my employer in Perth for the past almost 10 months (6 months at Subiaco, Perth and 4 months at Northbridge, Perth).

This is my first ever kitchen job. I was previously a corporate slave for close to 10 years.

They want to sponsor me on a 457 visa but the problem now is I don't have any formal qualifications as a cook/chef. I'm a graduate with a Business Computing degree from a UK university.

In order for them to sponsor me, I'd applied for a skills assessment to TRA but the only supporting document I can provide TRA is a referal letter from my employer.

I have a feeling that my chances are rather slim with the assessment.

Also, do I still need to apply for IELTS even though I have completed my degree in English?

My working holiday visa is expiring on the 19th of Nov 2011 and I hope I can sort everything out before I leave Australia.

Any advice?


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Old 09-23-2011, 05:42 AM
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I would carefully read how TRA makes the assessment, it's detailed in this document:

You must submit documentary evidence of your identity, skills and experience to a TRA approved RTO for assessment. The RTO you choose will tell you what documentation they will require you to send.
Documentation may include:
 recent photographs—passport-sized, certified and dated
 relevant passport pages—certified copy (must show name, photo and date of birth)
 evidence of skills and experience, including but not limited to training documents, evidence of employment and employment statements
 certified English translation of any documents you send, if originally issued in a language other than English, compiled by a registered translation service
 your assessment fee.

If the evidence you provide indicates that you have the necessary skills and experience relevant to your nominated occupation, you will be invited to participate in a technical assessment with an RTO assessor.
If your documentary evidence does not sufficiently demonstrate your skills and experience relevant to the nominated occupation, the RTO will advise you of gaps identified.
Step 4: Technical Assessment
You will be required to participate in an assessment of your skills and knowledge. The assessor conducting the assessment will be a qualified Australian tradesperson from your trade and a qualified assessor.......

You might also find this helpful:
457 Skills Assessment Program - Overview

I'm not sure about this exemption of the IELTS test, all I could find for the 457 visa was:
English language proficiency requirements

From 14 September 2009, all primary Subclass 457 visa applicants who are sponsored by a Standard Business Sponsor must demonstrate that they have English language proficiency that is equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score of at least 5 in each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Prior to 14 September 2009, applicants required an average test score of at least 5 across the four test components.

Where the nominated occupation requires a higher level of English (equivalent to IELTS test score of more than 5 in each of the four test components) because it forms part of that occupation’s registration, licensing or membership requirement, the visa applicant must have at least the standard of English language proficiency required for the grant of that registration, licence or membership.

This requirement affects all new subclass 457 visa applications from 14 September 2009, as well as visa applications which were made before but not decided by 14 September 2009.

Maybe you can ask them on 131 881 (monday-friday)...

Last edited by SarahM; 09-23-2011 at 05:47 AM.

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