06/07/2011 - 14:35

Collier targeting skilled migrants

06/07/2011 - 14:35

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Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier has launched a new website designed to assist migrant workers find work in Western Australia.

Collier targeting skilled migrants

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier has launched a new website designed to assist migrant workers find work in Western Australia.

Mr Collier said the Skilled Migration portal includes information on living and working in WA, migration pathways and visas, sponsorships, and the skilled migration occupations list.

"It is targeted at people who are thinking about emigrating from their country of residence, and employers who are considering using skilled migration as a workforce development strategy to meet their skill needs.

"Its development followed extensive research which involved several workshops held with various stakeholder groups, including recently arrived migrants."

Mr Collier said he was now preparing to lead a delegation of industry and government representatives to the United Kingdom and Ireland to promote WA to skilled migrants.

He said WA face facing a potential shortfall of up to 150,000 skilled workers by 2017.

The UK delegation includes representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Australian Hotels Association, Motor Trades Association, and Civil Contractors Federation, as well as other industry and government groups. They will meet with a range of key organisations over 10 days.

"We will be making presentations at a range of migration-related events in Leeds, Aberdeen, Dublin and London to promote WA's attributes to potential skilled migrants," Mr Collier said.

"I will also be meeting with representatives from the UK and Irish governments, as well as key industry and training organisations to better understand their training and workforce development systems."

The portal is located at http://www.migration.wa.gov.au

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