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Published on February 2nd, 2013 | by john.weir

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Australia comes to Birmingham looking for workers

Over the next three weeks, employers and recruiters from Australia will be in Birmingham looking for key workers.

Australia needs skilled workers ; an estimated 500,000 in Western Australia alone, as the resources boom continues to create job opportunities across the state. There are significant shortages of healthcare workers, skilled engineers and tradespeople which means that the West Midlands is a fertile recruiting ground for Australian companies.

Australia’s unemployment rate is half that of the West Midlands, and the country can also offer over 300 days of sunshine a year ; making it a dream destination for thousands of Poms.

On Wednesday 6th February, The Zinfra Group, one of Australia’s largest infrastructure providers will be holding interviews at the Radisson Hotel in Birmingham. They have travelled 16,000 kilometres to try and find distribution lineworkers, and glove and barrier lineworkers to fill positions in Melbourne.

“We desperately need competent, qualified workers to join the company, and we can’t currently find them in Australia,” says Ravina Meyers, Recruitment and Workforce Planning Manager of Zinfra Group.”We’re coming to Birmingham because we know there is a huge pool of talent and we can offer them a lot more than just a job; we can offer them a wonderful outdoor lifestyle, complete with great schools for young families. We are backed by the vast strength and resources, of our parent company, Singapore Power.”

Later in February, the UK’s biggest event for Australia, Down Under Live, will be back in Birmingham for the fourth year, bringing with it hundreds of job opportunities across the country as well as New Zealand and Canada. Since 2009, the show has helped hundreds of emigrants make the move from the Midlands, and this year promises to be more popular than ever.

Down Under Live – the UK’s biggest event for emigrating to Australia & New Zealand will run at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on the 23rd and 24th February 2013.

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