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WA wants more skilled people

9th of November 2012

A new report released by Edith Cowan University has found that numerous Western Australia companies (mining and resource) are still calling out for skilled foreign workers. It stated that “Numerous WA resource companies are forking out between $7000 and $65,000 on each application to bring in an overseas worker on a 457 visa because they cannot attract workers from the east.”

Below is an interesting exert from the article:

Dr Bahn also found resource companies sometimes required highly skilled workers who had received specialist training often not available in Australia.

Migrant workers could help up-skill the Australian workforce and better prepare graduates to “hit the ground running”.

“The resources companies want graduates that can hit the ground running, graduates who can take responsibility for multimillion dollar equipment for example,” Dr Bahn said.

“We found that there is a lack of ‘work ready’ university graduates.

“Higher education institutions need to rethink how they deliver courses that feed the resources sector to include more on the job placements for the duration of their degree.

“Highly skilled migrant workers can also pass on their knowledge and skills to Australian workers thereby training them in new and innovative practices.

“Modern Australian has been built through skilled migration and it appears that this is a trend that is likely to continue with benefits for workers, employers and the nation,” Dr Bahn said.

 

Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/proof-wa-needs-foreign-workers-20121107-28xsg.html 

 

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