South Australia can’t supply enough professionals for nearly a 170 different occupations in demand by the region’s industry – this is on top of a further 415 jobs, designated by the Australian Federal Government, that can filled by migrants. This means that skilled migrants are more in the demand than ever.
The South Australia State Development Department’s nominated occupations for skilled migrants list now include 169 occupations, including plumbers, chefs, chicken farmers, project builders, motorcycle mechanics, engineers and winemakers.
Business South Australia Industry and Government Engagement executive director Anthony Penney said 39 per cent of businesses surveyed last year found it hard to attract skilled workers, even at competitive rates of pay.
“While skills shortages are an issue, particularly in areas like those which will deliver the future submarines contract, we also need to ensure that our young people have the opportunity to access traineeships and apprenticeships to provide them with access to a wide range of jobs,” Mr Penney said.
The Australian National Centre for Vocational Education Research figures show the number of apprentices and trainees starting in South Australia has plummeted in recent years. This means that Australia cannot supply in their own demand. The most recent data shows that between 2012 and 2015, the number of apprenticeships and traineeships started in South Australia fell from 25,641 to 10,235 – a 60 per cent drop.
● Roof tiler
● General Practitioner
● Fleet manager
● Sheep farmer