DIAC to host exhibitions in Berlin and Athens

Date: Sep 08, 2011

A number of free events are to be held in Berlin and Athens to promote the benefits of skilled visa sponsorship and international employment opportunities Down Under.

Hosted by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the Skills Australia Needs information sessions will be targeting foreign nationals who specialise in engineering, construction, medical, automotive, electrical and mechanical professions.

Employers who find themselves in need of skilled labour and may be considering sponsoring international workers have been encouraged to lodge expressions of interest to be included in the events.

The DIAC said that the information sessions had formed an important part of the department's commitment to local businesses.

A spokesman for the official body said: "The department has staged these events for a number of years in various countries to provide information to skilled workers about skilled visa options for Australia, with a focus on matching skilled workers with Australian state and territory governments and employers in target occupational areas."

An official post from the DIAC has given candidates additional information on the departmental requirements for the applicants looking to gain access to the hosted sessions.

"To be eligible to attend these events, interested skilled workers must have recognised qualifications and experience in one of the occupations targeted, a high level of English language ability and be under 50 years of age."

A number of business representatives will be invited to attend the events - to be held over October 6 in Berlin, Germany and October 8 and 9 in Athens, Greece - providing attendees with the opportunity to put their questions directly to prospective employers.

To gain additional information, skilled workers who are interested in exploring their options regarding overseas employment would do well to contact an experienced migration lawyer.

Previous events have been hailed by industry commentators as hugely successful, with the DIAC reporting that over 100 offers for sponsorship were made by potential employers during the last events held in the United Kingdom.

The department maintains a schedule of industry sectors that are considered to be in need of skilled labour sources which the Australian population is unable to completely supply.

Known as the Skilled Occupation List, the DIAC will be using details supplied by local business sources to match applicants with related industry providers.

The events held in Berlin and Athens will seek to provide attendees with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding sponsorships, while businesses who participate in the sessions will be able to gain exposure to potential new sources of skilled labour.

Companies seeking an up-front assessment of their application to hire foreign workers may be interested in obtaining advice from an experienced immigration lawyer, in addition to attending one of these events.