We have unemployment officially nudging six percent here in South Australia, under-employment at 9%, but the Liberal Party says we have a skills shortage on the $80 billion submarines project and that we need skilled migrants. From News.com.au:The new visa rules, being trialled by the State Government, will make it easier for overseas migrants wanting to join extended family in SA by scrapping the need to have a bachelor’s degree.The move is expected to help bring in tradies to fill jobs in the shipbuilding and associated industries…Business SA CEO Nigel McBride said… “One of the great demands in our state is for trade occupations”…His sentiments were echoed by Adelaide migration agent Mark Glazbrook, who said overseas tradies could fill some gaps…Immigration SA also has made changes to its nomination policies so that current and former students that have remained in South Australia since March 2012 will be offered state nomination for provisional visas.
So they asked a migration agent if South Australia needed more migrants and the answer was a resounding "yes"? What a shock.
I for one am unhappy that this really expensive Work-for-the-Dole project got the go-ahead but the fact that they're not even looking to employ locals adds insult to injury.
My understanding is that metal fabricators and welders are the most-needed trade on that Osborne SA site - why not team up with local SA TAFE to produce people who can fill those jobs rather than import 'skilled' migrants as a first resort?