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Published on April 7th, 2011 | by john.weir

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Australia looks for tradespeople from the UK

One of Australia’s leading bodied representing tradespeople, Master Builders Australia, is urging the Australian government  to reconsider tough changes to English testing amid a shortage of workers in the construction and mining industries.

They also say that the recruitment of foreign “tradies” – many of whom come from the UK -is essential because most young Aussies “don’t want to get their hands dirty”. Last month, the federal government announced a $200 million package designed to retrain Australians in the wake of key skills shortages.

However, MBA executive director William Harnisch said many young people were choosing more “attractive” careers.”Some don’t want to start at 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning, some don’t want to get their hands dirty,” he said.”That’s a disappointment because the building industry remains a very rewarding and profitable career for young people.”

You can find out more about a new trades job in Australia at our forthcoming Your Move to Australia seminar in Oxford on the 28th May 2011, or at Down Under Live in London and Birmingham in September.

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